Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Branding The Foals


WHY do I look for fire to brand these foals?
What do I need, when all within is fire?
And lo, she comes, carrying the lighted coals
And branding tool—she who is my desire!
What need have I for what is in her hands,
If I lay hand upon a hide it brands,
And grass, and trees, and shadows, all are fire!

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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