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by Cyril Ó Céirin

I fear the world’s eyes on me now,
I fear my soul is damned -
they say she has the evil eye,
that she is black with sin,
they say she sucks the blood from men;
But, O, my heart cries out,
‘Her hair so soft, as a kitten’s is -
Sweet as a child’s, her mouth.’


Taken from ‘Footprints on the Limestone’ (1993), page 52.

Cyril Ó Céirin

Michael O'Connor