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Poem of the Week: “Áiféilín” by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

As Americans are celebrating all things Irish for St. Patrick’s Day this week, we’re featuring a poem written by one of “the finest young writers in the Irish language,” according to David Wheatley in The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Volume IV.


Nílim chomh duairc
go bhfanfainn
fén duvet
ar feadh an lae;

sin áibhéil.

Níl ann ach gur
thug mo shúil
taithneamh éigin duit,
a stróinséir,
is gur fhágas
im’ dhiaidh thú
oíche aréir

agus go bhfuil
blas pórtair
is áiféala
im’ bhéal
ar maidin.

A Matter of Some Regret

No, I’m not so depressed
As to stay
Under the duvet
All day
That would be an exaggeration

It’s just that
My eye
Gladdened at the sight of you,
Left behind
Last night

And this morning
There’s a taste of stout
And regret
In my mouth

–Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, translated by Gabriel Rosenstock
from The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Vol. IV (2017)

Poet Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, born in Kerry, has published two volumes in Irish, Péacadh (Coiscéim, 2008) and Tost agus Allagar (Coiscéim, 2016), as well as a bilingual selection, The Coast Road (Gallery Press, 2016).

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