Dónall Dempsey

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

Learning The Lingo - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

I teach you a little Gaelic
& you pick up on the phrase

“...le do thoil? ”
(“...if you please? ”)

It becomes your euphemism
(for doing things unmentionable in public) .

I hear ...le do thoil? ”
more and more frequently.

People ask what does it mean
& why does she laugh.

I tell them it’s a private joke

but that you are becoming
quite fluent.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 7, 2011


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