dedalus Posted January 24, 2014 Share Posted January 24, 2014 Your hair is flowing, fluttering, as you cross the forecourt and when you open wide your arms, I gaze perplexed, even vexed, before we hug; and then I shrug and invite you lamely through the door: my darling girl, you are something more than ever I expected. How long, how long has it been since I held you as a little girl, and told you stories. extolled the glories of the matchless Gael: the beauty of the women, the fearless hearts of the men? And then you would hold my hand with your fingers, say, "Daddy, Daddy, tell me again!" Our finances at the time were sinking and then your mother got to thinking it was time to make a change: so she left me flat, like that, took up with her planned other man, and of course she took you from me. I was broken into bits,left alone with the cat, "Face it", she said, "you're just bloody hopeless". I agreed, for a while I wished I were dead, theoretically, and looked longingly at the flowing Thames but thought "Nah, you'd only get cold and very wet" and other plans of despatch escaped me. I was lucky, I suppose, for I was able to get progressively better jobs, leaving behind the yobs and so go prancing and dancing among the elite with some fearful shifts in my elocution (which can lead, in Ireland, to execution) so I watched my dis and dat and dese and dose and with a certain dexterity of the feet ended up,nothing to it, on Irish talk shows. But here we are now, as you enter the room, which I think I I cleared up and cleaned to obsession, and I offer you wine (three expensive bottles, bought yesterday) but you decline and ask for tea. Daddy, can you tell me one of your stories? Sit back, child, set aside any fear, I will tell you the tale of the Children of Lír. ----------------------------------------- And if you have never heard it, here is the story: http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/ctexts/lir.html Quote Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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