For National Poetry Day (UK) today, we offer an excerpt from the Gaelic poem “An Corcaidh” in the new collection Adhbhar Ar Sòlais / Cause of Our Joy by Marion F. NicIlleMhoire, forthcoming from Bradan Press in November 2018.

THE CORKY⠀

Our jam jars—
A ticket to heaven.
The smell of cork as incense.
The Pit—with its clattery wooden pews
Matins for the squalling hordes
Mesmerised to silence
By the roar of Metro Goldwyn Mayer.