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Poetry, Football,and other pieces from Ireland

1.

Poetry

University College Dublin

voices of the Irish

voices of reconciliation and healing

Towing an iceberg to Belfast

poetry in Irish

intergenerational trauma

thick

palpable

moveable

compare poets of the Caribbean

Shift shaping

trauma’s of the past

aired out

breathed in

turned under and over tongues

hear the atrocities

of the British Empire

A thousand thumbs

Crushing

life

culture

people

language

rising up

always rising

towing

an

iceberg to Belfast

 

2.

Empty dart

From UCD

To Bray

Everybody in the pubs

Ireland vs Belguim

From the Dart

Fans outside pubs

Smoking

Subdued

Half time

Nil/nil

By the time we get to Bray

Belgium scored three

Irish man in Italian café

glass of red wine

sipping defeat

good cheer

you going to Naples?

he says

be careful of the mopeds….

 

3.

A walk

Through Bray

A young woman

Sidles up to Maya

“What about this hair“ she says

“Mi brother used to have hair like this” she says

“Are you a half caste” she says

Maya doesn’t understand

But I do

“yes she is” I say

With blue black hair flying and a wild laugh

She says,

“I’m a half caste too!”

 

 

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