Read: Today’s made-up word


Rita Reale

March brought us Death and

The annual Daffodils –

Announcing the end

Of the longest winter

-Though they spoke too soon.


Your indefatigable mother

Taken suddenly, prematurely

– This was the one matter

She could have no say in at all

That knowledge defeated us entirely –


All through that perishing month

A single word pursued me –


Native, Hope, Desire.


(Dedicated to my mother-in-law Giselle Clement died (Frankfurt) 8th March 2013)

Dhúlóchas (phonetic pronunciation dool-oh-cass) a made-up word from a combination of the Gaelic words:

Dóchas (English: hope, expectation, trust)

Dúil (English: desire, expectation, liking)

Dúchais (native) Ó mo Dhúchas (From My Tradition) Tír Dhúchais (Native Homeland)



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