War and Peace

A bilingual 31-syllable tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllables) in Irish and English, in response to a work of street art.

Street Poster, Liverpool, by Guy Denning

cad atá ar siúl
is deacair é a thuiscint
cuir in iúl dom é
cén cuspóir atá againn
ní thuigim a thuilleadh é
what are we doing
it is hard to understand
remind me again
what are we trying to do
I thought I knew (but I don’t)

■ A recent title by Gabriel Rosenstock is Daybreak: Poem-Prayers for Prisoners (tinyurl.com/yfaefhcd).