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Testimony: A poem for my daughter on her departure

As the cardboard boxes stood in the hall and the packing process was underway, Margaret O’Donnell was inspired to write a poem reflecting on her daughter’s life and her departure for London in search of work as an architect.

Thu, Jan 17, 2013, 10:32

   

MARGARET O’DONNELL

My daughter qualified as an architect two years ago. She recently left Ireland to join most of her class in London searching for a job.

As the cardboard boxes stood in the hall and the packing process was underway, I was inspired to write a poem reflecting on her life and her departure.

She loved art and design from her early years, to the extent that most corners of our house displayed scenes of people engaged in various activities which served as a source of amazement to one and all.

Testimony

The boxes stand as testimony of another transition
Brown, deep and strong containing a lifetime of memories-
Spanning childhood, adolescence and adulthood
I peer in each day and revisit the memories of earlier years
Packed up now in neat cellophane wrap – all secure
Yet insecure – new beginnings and designs
Of a world awaiting new focus.

From a childhood of make belief constructed images in every cornice
So ingenious, that no one dare disturb your talented displays
You stand proud now to take your place among the great and yet undiscovered
Among the names of Wren and Foster, Nash, Rogers and Fowke
You will dwell, ponder, recreate and make innovative creations
In houses, towns, parks, cities and countries
The quality mark of your name will become colloquial
Your exceptional talent will inspire future generations
To engage in debate to expand their thinking with new designs
and new ways of relating to their world.

Here’s to you Deirdre, my pride and joy – may the light of your creativity lead to an interesting and rewarding career ahead. Know that I am always there in the background offering support to you, in whatever guise needed, as you journey onwards.

Love and hugs,

Mom xxxxx

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