Kilcloud, County Down. October 1875.
Counterpane, eiderdown, bed-curtain, blanket,
Simmet, stock, shift, chemise,
Ankle, calf, knee, thigh.
Soot, dust, ash, rust.
Jane Kennedy, aged 44 years
How does light enter the house?
Through these six dulled panes and glinting, a little, from my pots.
Why does light enter the house?
To pierce me, rock me, shock, entice me, beckon me forth to dance, prance, fierce and reckless and feckless.
I will not go.
Eliza Gallagher, aged 58 years
They bow their heads, but the Holy Spirit is at this present moment a diving dust-mote in the sunbeam.
I will lift my eyes.
Rebecca Doherty, aged 24 years
Framing, as best I can in ink and secret,
My Thoughts and some small Images.
This Bird, this garden Wall,
The Orchard trees beyond.
My Self, perched quietly behind the Glass.
Matilda Murray, aged 36 years
Perchance & Perhaps & I may not.
But watch me, I Wink.
Sophia Lynch, aged 16 years
She was always a great lover of flowers.
I cannot say more,
For the women of Kilcloud are always at their windows.
Annie Walsh, aged 49 years