Padraic Colum

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

Old Woman of the Roads


O, to have a little house!
To own the hearth and stool and all!
The heaped up sods against the fire,
The pile of turf against the wall!
To have a clock with weights and chains
And pendulum swinging up and down!
A dresser filled with shining delph,
Speckled and white and blue and brown!
I could be busy all the day
Clearing and sweeping hearth and floor,
And fixing on their shelf again
My white and blue and speckled store!
I could be quiet there at night
Beside the fire and by myself,
Sure of a bed and loth to leave
The ticking clock and the shining delph!
Och! but I'm weary of mist and dark,
And roads where there's never a house nor bush,
And tired I am of bog and road,
And the crying wind and the lonesome hush!
And I am praying to God on high,
And I am praying Him night and day,
For a little house - a house of my own
Out of the wind's and the rain's way.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
16 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: house, fire, wind, rain, dark, night, woman, god, women

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Old Woman of the Roads by Padraic Colum )

Enter the verification code :

  • Bronze Star - 7,116 Points * Sunprincess * (5/27/2014 12:54:00 PM)

    ...........a little house of my own with a beautiful flower garden is a dream of everyone....enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bernadette Snyder (5/13/2011 11:33:00 AM)

    My brother in Ireland recommended this poem to me and i've found it appropriate -
    i am looking for a little cottage somewhere. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shelagh Worsell (11/29/2008 3:24:00 PM)

    Following on from my comments regarding Old Woman of the Roads I hasten to add that I was given this to learn in a school in Bromley Kent during the war when all our regular teachers had been called up. The stand-in teacher was an actress who gave meaning to all the work she set us. Martin Swords you are incorrect in thinking that only Irish folk would understand. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shannon Quinn (10/8/2008 2:09:00 PM)

    I Love This Poem.. i Read It In Primary School And Learnt It.. And Now In Secondary School.. As iiT Is Almost National Poem Day.. ii Chose This Poem For My Best Poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mary (mae) Kulka (6/28/2008 6:16:00 PM)

    I learned this when in Primary school in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary. I love it because our teacher, Mrs Honan, RIP brought it to life for us. I am reciting it this afternoon at a Concert in my Parish. We are celebrating its 50th Anniversary. I hope I do it justice. I am pleased to have found your website and will visit it often DV

    Best wishes
    Mary (Mae) Kulka (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  3. Moonlit Night, Tu Fu
  4. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. The Art of True Love, John Knight
  10. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love .., Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Tu Fu

Tonight at Fu-chou, this moon she watches
Alone in our room. And my little, far-off
Children, too young to understand what keeps me
Away, or even remember Chang'an. By now,

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Francis Ledwidge

 

New Poems

  1. Disappearing Trauma, Pranab K. Chakraborty
  2. Without Arms, M.J. Lemon
  3. কবিতাপল্লি, Hanzala Han
  4. Other Guys, Amber Carr
  5. I've Got Time, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  6. A Vultures Meal, Tiger Auntunette
  7. Nothing can break the focus., Sumita Jetley
  8. Ever So Cute, riya misi
  9. Unlock From Sockets, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  10. PRAY OUT YOUR PAST, Michael P. Johnson
[Hata Bildir]