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Fiona Smith is a freelance journalist and translator. She has published a wide range of journalistic work in both Irish and international publications. She currently writes on Irish topics for the German Press Agency dpa and translates from Scandinavian languages into English. 'Being Young' is her first published poem and she is working on a first collection. She lives in Kinsale, County Cork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being Young

 

 

We gathered primroses and daffodils, those big bitches of flowers,

Primroses we liked, snowdrops were cissies and buttercups were boring,

Bluebells covered the woods in a lilac haze you couldn’t spoil by picking.

 

We walked through gorse bushes and into the mud that clung and wouldn't release us.

Out at the lake, we looked into the murky water and thought how ugly it all was,

As soon as we could, we drove into a countryside, bursting with spring.

 

We stepped in cow shit and cursed, ran from snarling dogs and cowered with fear,

On hot, angry days, we drove to remote, mean, villages and laughed at them,

Happy in the knowledge that we could do so much better than that.

 

 

 

©2012 Fiona Smith

 

 

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