Geraldine Plunkett: Irish Woman Poet

Geraldine Plunkett (1891 – 1986)  was born in Dublin. She published a single pamphlet of poems, Magnificat,  from The Candle Press in Rathgar in 1917, which sold for sixpence. Her brother Joseph Mary was executed for his part in the 1916 rising. She was the mother of Eilís Dillon and grandmother of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.


YOUR gracious joy distills my heart as dew
Which your great love will gather to a whole
And bind the waters to a stream anew
To wind among the gardens of your soul.

The unthinkable sweetness of your kiss
Has made my soul a flame, and up it goes,
Finding its way among the stars in bliss
To hide itself in the eternal rose.


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