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Áine Ni Glinn

She lives in a time where names

are a generation out of date,

where words freeze just a fraction

away from the Up of her tongue.

Yet she can tell, to the very ounce,

how much tea and sugar

she got each week of the war

and where and what it cost.


She can convert new money to old

and tell the price of everything

in shillings and old pence.

Yet she cannot find her way home

from the shop nor even know why

she went there in the first place.


From Fabric No 1 (Feb 2001)