The Institution, or Sometimes You Don’t Know You’re Being Held

The Institution, or Sometimes You Don’t Know You’re Being Held

It is a symbiosis,

this thing.

This mad, lifelong, love affair

that has raged

across the shores of time;

that has as often been

tempest as drought.

That has somehow kept out

elements of undoing, of easy leaving.

A force that has not been quelled,

but has given and shared life.

The husband and the wife,

overseers and underwriters of the life long-lived,

they have stood in each other’s slipstream

and bathed their feet.

They have drunk deep

from the unnamed waters

that have sustained them.

The hole in my father’s jumper

and the curl in my mother’s hair

seem to complement each other.

They are of a piece.

They hold together.

From opposite ends of the house,

known to them or not,

they do it still.

  One thought on “The Institution, or Sometimes You Don’t Know You’re Being Held

  1. Gemma Barry - Dubray Books
    June 21, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    That’s fab Dara, hope you all had a good celebration yesterday.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • June 21, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Gem. Yes, we had a blast and the venerable ones were suitably pleased.😊xxx

  2. Jenny Isaacs
    June 21, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    beautiful Dara,
    how’s Ireland treating you?
    Hope you have settled in well, I’m settling really nicely into motherhood. Bodhi is adorable.
    Jen 🙂

    • June 21, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks Jen! We’re taking it nice and slow as we ease back into Northern Hemisphere life. 😊
      So glad to hear motherhood is suiting you – I am not at all surprised. Long may it continue.😀 x

  3. Anne
    June 22, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Lovely. Especially the hole in sweater/curl in hair connection. Opposite ends of the house and yet one house. I must say the parents are glamorous: he is you as a 70s rocker and she looks like 70s Vanessa Redgrave. All very hip.

    • June 22, 2020 at 7:26 am

      The rocker and the ‘grave – I like that. 😊

  4. Tania
    July 4, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Beautiful, love your words xx

    • July 8, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks T, always grateful for your support!

  5. Liz
    July 7, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Gorgeous tribute Dara. Hope all well

    • July 8, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      Ah thanks Liz, you’re very kind.
      Tipping along here in Wicklow, doing our best to cope with all the beauty!😉

      • Liz
        July 29, 2020 at 7:19 pm

        Glad to hear it and welcome home to you and your family

  6. Sean devitt
    July 13, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Very nice Dara, nice words,is country life suiting you

    • July 13, 2020 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Sean. Country life is suiting me grand, so it is.😉 I am enjoying the immersion!

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