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Pharaoh's Daughter Receives the Mother of Moses by James Tissot

Pharaoh’s Daughter Receives the Mother of Moses by James Tissot

The Language Issue

I place my hope on the water
in this little boat
of the language, the way a body might put
an infant

in a basket of intertwined
iris leaves,
its underside proofed
with bitumen and pitch.

then set the whole thing down amidst
the sedge
and bulrushes by the edge
of a river

only to have it borne hither and thither,
not knowing where it might end up;
in the lap, perhaps,
of some Pharaoh’s daughter.

by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
translated by Paul Muldoon

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