Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,546 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

Ah, Mo Chroĺ ...Is Leatsa An Ghra! (Ah, My Love...The Love Is Yours! - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

I try to teach her
the two “To Be’s”
in Irish.

“TÁ” is used to
express a state
or a condition.

“IS” is used to
express existence.

So...

“Tá se mor!
(“He is big! ”)

but

“Is fear mor e! ”
(“He is a big man! ”)

“Tá...se... yesyes...”
(then tentatively)
“...teach! ”
(exultantly!)

“No...no.. that
structure doesn’t exist in Irish! ”


We say:

“Tá se ina theach! ”

“It is in its state
of being
a house! ”

She laughs.

Kisses me.

Says she’s
in a state

of being

in love.


Comments about Ah, Mo Chroĺ ...Is Leatsa An Ghra! (Ah, My Love...The Love Is Yours! by Dónall Dempsey

  • (4/1/2008 11:53:00 AM)

    And again, and as always...somehow love sounds so grand in this language...the language do your poetry, that is. I can't speak one word of Irish...but still, I understand what is being said! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, May 12, 2008


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