Padraic Colum

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

Padraic Colum Poems

81. The Old College 4/20/2010
82. Aquarium Fish 4/20/2010
83. The Sister's Lullaby 4/20/2010
84. An Drinaun Donn 4/20/2010
85. Polonius And The Ballad Singers 1/1/2004
86. Fourth Station 1/1/2004
87. A Saint 4/20/2010
88. An Old Woman Of The Roads 4/20/2010
89. A Poor Scholar Of The 'Forties 4/20/2010
90. Across The Door 4/20/2010
91. A Rann Of Exile 4/20/2010
92. I Shall Not Die For Thee 1/1/2004
93. A Ballad Maker 4/20/2010
94. An Old Song Re-Sung 4/20/2010
95. Old Men Complaining 1/1/2004
96. Monkeys 1/1/2004
97. The Plougher 1/1/2004
98. Tulips 1/1/2004
99. River-Mates 1/1/2004
100. Interior 4/20/2010
101. Crows 4/20/2010
102. She Moved Through The Faire 1/1/2004
103. A Cradle Song 1/1/2004
104. A Drover 1/1/2004
105. An Idyll 4/20/2010
106. Old Woman Of The Roads 1/1/2004

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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 ...

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Two little creatures
with faces the size of
a pair of pennies
are clasping each other
"Ah do not leave me"
One says to the other
in the high monkey -
cage in the beast shop
there are no people

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