Modern Emigrants


We emigrated from Dublin to Liverpool in 1984
My doctor husband, our three month Jenny
And myself, a Dublin lass.
All the while the ferry journey
Reminded me of our ancestors
Emigrating to the Promised Land.

On arrival, Auntie Joan welcomed us to Menlove Avenue
An emigrant from Monaghan, a Pediatrician, widowed, she understood our loneliness
Easing us into our journey abroad
Narrowing the distance from our Native Land.

By Maire Malone