The fifteenth of August was a traditional day to go to Ballybunion for North Kerry people to go for a dip in the tide and get ready for the harvest but as the old woman said “every day is a pattern day now!”It is the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.
“Our life, our sweetness, our hope “
Why do I go back I ask myself
To an old woman I visited
Over thirty years ago
Singular she is in her visible poverty
Her independence masking an enduring spirit
That is accepting and real
Silent and knowing
Her piercing eyes saw into
And maybe beyond the abyss of emptiness.
She had what I need now.