Beth McDonough – Would I were there…

Would I were there …

Remembering 18th of July 2013


O David may I swim with you?

I think you awfully brave,

O David, let me swim with you –

I‘d love to call you “Dave”.


O David, may I swim in front,

just by a stroke or two?

O David, pull a wee bit close,

I’ve lots to share with you!


O David, let me warm your waves,

You’ve such a lot to learn

of open water swimmers’ tricks,

and yellowing Lough Erne.




Beth McDonough has a background in Silversmithing, and continues to work in mixed media. She often writes on the subject of a maternal experience of disability, and finds poems walking, foraging and swimming in Scotland’s cold waters.

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