By Rie Sheridan Rose
All my life I’ve heard her story, sung the song, sorrowed by the thought of young life snuffed out in an age when even a chill could take someone. The fishwife’s daughter plying her trade on Dublin’s streets come rain or shine. Admired from afar by the song’s creator who never worked up the courage to say “Hello.” Was it scarlet fever or cholera that brought her low or just a common cold that festered? Seeing her frozen there on the Dublin street corner bronze skin gleaming (breasts polished to gold by fawning sightseers) I was transported back to hear her cry, “Cockles and mussels!” as she strode along... And I wept that she was gone.
Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her poetry appears in numerous publications, including Speculative Poets of Texas, Vol. 1; Texas Poetry Calendar; and Illumen, to name a few. She has authored six poetry chapbooks, twelve novels, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.