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homeland (1) - final version


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This land remains
so full of childhood memories,
its mansions and cobblestone lanes,
the sweeping grandeur
of its weeping decrepitude;
the barefoot children
roam outside rundown tenements
among the poor, who are really starving.
Here in this green and ample land,
adrift in anger and sad songs,
I sit below the murmuring weir
and turn my face from the inconsequence
of dessicated regal antecedents,
now just a joke, a name, a nothing at all.
What is this country, anyway,
but secretive bogs, ancient mountains,
sticky sod under grassy fields?
This is all we have ever been,
a far and improbable island,
prey to a dangerous neighbour.
I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
The songs of the children
are no longer innocent.
All of our royal kings,
Niall of the Nine Hostages,
Brian Ború, Ruari O Connor,
and all of the glad mixed glories
of the aristocratic Celtic Age
are dead and gone: our leaders fled,
else buried like dogs. The Sassenach
sailed in and spread themselves.


Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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Larsen M. Callirhoe

Thank you for the brief history lesson Brendan. I really liked the rhythm, cadence, and feel of this. Well said. You really have a knack for these type of poems and poetry. Enjoyed.



Larsen M. Callirhoe

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and the poor really starving

in this, our green and ample land,

adrift in anger and sad songs.


Pretty powerful statements! But I really enjoyed:


sausage-eating Germans


Ha. I guess Windsor is more "appropriate" than their former last name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. :)

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  • 1 month later...

very nice ...I recently attended a convention in my hometown and things had changed so much...it was rather bittersweet....anyway enjoyed the read...dan

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