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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