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Mamo__a__story_of_geraldine_plunkett_dillon_by_isolde_obrolchain_carmodyby Isolde ÓBrolcháin Carmody02 Apr 2019

I choose to inhabit a spoken landscape
Speaking spacious places
A vast, flat wetland of ‘ah’
Enscribed by consonantal ridges
Esker-esque sequences
Or round-rolling ‘r’-hills

Sometimes, the tongue gets stuck
In thorny thickets,
On the thrilling trail
Of a Leithrim medial;
Or the ‘o’ of Mohill,
almost an umlaut.

I like the shapes made in my mouth
By geography, both physical and cultural -

Both when I am home
And when I talk of home.