translated into the Polari by the author
I vardad something in the way
she zhuzhed her ends from her eek
cackling, lill-on-hip, ajax
a gaggle of billinsgates
Maybe the schonk of the ball
she swerves, or in barneys, battyfangs,
but in the munge of her mind,
savvies a doubt that nantie scarpers.
Mais oui, dolly will a walloper be,
a jogger, a screever in her time,
but it’ll take a longola time, no flies,
to josh up the nishta deep inside.
Marcas Mac an Tuairneir was shortlisted for the Wigtown Gaelic Poetry prize in 2015, 2016, 2019 and won outright in 2017. He has published two collections and a co-authored pamphlet and a third – Dùileach – is expected this year from Evertype. Marcas COR project was commissioned by NLS and spawned his debut single – ‘Fichead ‘s a h-Ochd.’ The follow-up – ‘Bruidhinn’ – is out now.