Publishers of Irish Poetry and Drama

Poem of the Month

Our June 2016 Poem of the Month, Rós do Chroí, specially commissioned by Poetry Ireland and Stoney Road Press for the Easter 1916 Centenary commemorations, comes from Paul Muldoon’s new collection Rising to the Rising (1 July 2016).

 

Rós do Chroí

Ré na dTrí Colla
ba sceach mhadraidh daingean thú,
deargbhrúghadh na fola
rosc catha abú.

 

Preabadh na sceiche
ceol lom lúfar binn,
fíoch na féithe,
buaireamh gearr san inchinn.

 

Cró catha ar Cruachan,
laochra na laoidhe,
lá amháin tháinig dubhachan
ar rós do chroí.

 

Is measa linn feasta
ná scrios nó coll.
Bheith suaimhneasaí sásta
le gunna báidhte i bpoll.

 

Ré chonradh na dtrí dréacht
is rós i vása glónraithe thú,
do ghas ag téachtadh
an snas glas tiubh.

 

Mar anois ’sé tanughadh na fola
an aidhm is mian linn,
saol fada d’ár moladh
faoi ghealach aspirin.

 

from Rising to the Rising (2016)
by Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon