Éireannach !

Submitted by AWL on 24 July, 2008 - 9:35 Author: Sean Matgamna

Éireannach!*
(After reading Lecky's
History of Ireland)

What is it then, the Irishness
Fate laid on me in this largess?
A world I lost I scarcely knew,
The childhood land I never outgrew,
My father's life, my mother's tales
Of hungers, wars, workhouses, jails:
The memories not quite my own,
To which my memories are sewn.
Entangled, thus, in Erin's net,
I am what I refuse to forget.

*Irishman
(Socialist Organiser, January, 1992)

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