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Emigration comes full circle

I left Ireland in the 80's with my husband and two babies for Holland. In 2003, we 
returned so that our children could have an Irish University education. Dublin was 
buzzing with life at the time, it was very expensive but we were home. Now in 2011, 
my daughter is emigrating, back down the old ancestral path, she is going to Madrid 
to teach English there. Our country has collapsed so badly, there is no employment 
here so we are exporting our young, educated children by the day. A sad day for me 
as my daughter leaves tomorrow. I wrote her this poem.

To Sarah
On the wave of emigration
I want you to know
That I see you, a fellow female
An equal on every level
Not just my daughter
My little pink princess
I see you as a woman
A power within this world
With oceans to offer
A lifetime still to learn
Go to your new life
A teacher in Madrid
Be free and fearless
Spread your wings and fly
Take the opportunities
Shape them to your dreams
You have all the tools
You can use them now.

Your analytic mind
Will help you make good decision
Fair and just rewards will ensue.
Your radiating heart
Will gift you new friendships
Maybe even a new love
All in good time
You will never be alone
Because you have a deep sense of self
This will be fortified
With this new tide
Your feet firmly planted
Will always serve you well
Balancing the ups and downs of Libra
Always true to yourself
Life will be true to you too.

We live in a new age today
This global world is small
As we email and skype
Fly back and forth to visit
We will continue to love
As mother and daughter
Our journeys through life
Forever together
My love
I will hold you safe
In my heart.

Copyright © Eiken Laan

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  1. Date: 1/23/2011 7:36:00 AM
    So well written tribute to your daughter, Eiken! I believe she took the right decision to go to Madrid so she will also learn Spanish there. I have been living many years overseas and have been to Spain in the late 1970ies. We here in Germany's east have similar problems as there mis no work your young people. Thank you so much for your kind comment on Holocaust Memorial Day and have a great week ahead!...Take care, Gert

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 7:10:00 AM
    apologies for the two bad typos in my message above and thank you for your welcome comments on my haiku. Déirdre

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 7:07:00 AM
    Saw your poem this morning and felt a tear. Emigration is breaking the heart of the country. Grat tribute to our fine daughter, thankfully she will only be two hours away, quicker than a train to Waterford