/ Since he left I think only of him
/ And I see him everywhere
/ He gave me a fine silver brooch
/ And when…
When you need to warm yourself,
/ When you are hungry to share a word,
/ When you crave a bread crumb,
After twenty years in the mainland
/ Mother’s gone back to the Island
/ to let her skin
/ melt from her bones
/ under her native sun.
Everybody said it was useless
/ Everybody said, “you’re trying to lean on sun dust”
/ that the beloved before whose tree I stand
/ Spreek, staad, spreek!
/ Strek je talloos veel tongen ten hemel,
/ lik aan de regen looi in de zon,
/ proef, proef het puin, stad,…
Se state guardando una madre che dorme in poltrona
/ in un qualsiasi dopopranzo invernale
/ con il televisore temporaneamente spento
/ e con in casa…
Cuil-lodair, is Briseadh na h-Eaglaise,
/ is briseadh nan tacannan –
/ lamhachas-làidir dà thrian de ar comas;
/ ‘se seòltachd tha dhìth oirinn.
/ Nuair a…
It is foolish
/ to let a young redwood
/ grow next to a house.
/ Even in this
/ one lifetime,
/ you will have to choose.
/ That great calm…
IF you can keep your head when all about you
/ Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
/ If you can…
Confide ye aye in Providence, for Providence is kind,
/ And hear ye a’ life’s changes wi’ a calm and tranquil mind.
If folk wad be cautious when takin’ a drappy,
/ And mind they maun eat as weel’s drink to be happy,
/ They’d be…
Ne’er fash your thumb what gods decree
/ To be the weird o’ you or me,
/ Nor deal in cantrip’s kittle cunning
/ To spier…