Susan L. Mitchell: Irish Woman Poet

Susan L. Mitchell (1866 – 1926) was born in Leitrim and educated in Dublin. She knew most of the leading writers of the Revival, and worked with George Russell (AE) on both the Irish Homestead and the Irish Statesman. ‘Amergin’ was included in Russell’s 1905 anthology New songs: a lyric selection.



I buzz in the dizzy fly. I crawl in the creeping things.
I croak in the frog’s throat, and fly on the bird’s wings.
I play on the keys of the brain ; a thought goes here and there,
Bird or beast, it has bounds, but I am everywhere.
I dip in the pools of the rocks, the minnow plays with me,
Finned I am like a fish, and merry children are we.
At the dumb call of the darkness I go to the ocean’s side,
I stand on the docile beach and bridle the eager tide.
The fretted waters I hold in the hollow of my hand:
From my heart go fire and dew, and the green and the brown land.


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