Margaret Boles
 





NO BODIES TO BURY

The Big wind, and
the Famine
These are part of
Our folk memory, but
How long will Sri Lankans remember
The day the big Wave struck?

Today Ireland shudders,
Echoes of the young Rathfarnham boy
In these Midleton parents nightmare
At least a little comfort
They have a body to bury
Unlike the family of Philip Cairns
And the thousands of
Tsunami dead.

No bodies to bury,
Are they truly dead?


HEAD LINES, HEAD JOURNEY, HEART SONG!

Head lines, head journey, heart song
In spite of dark forces
That surround me my soul
Rises high, cannot help
But be glad, refuses to feel
The darkness that you bring
I rise above it, for I cannot help
But feel
A heart’s glad song.
There is much to be hopeful for
And my heart will sing
A happy, happy song!


MY SOUL NEEDS ONE GIFT

My soul need one gift,

'Tis this, 'tis time

So I’ll not apologise

If I steal that gift

From anyone, from you
My soul needs that gift
My soul needs time
To nourish my psyche
My soul needs…
Time!


THE FORT OF EL NINA

El Nina,
Benign and almost beautiful
Their great-parentents left
This African Coast,
For New Worlds, new lives,
Not as free men and women,
But as slaves.
Today, on an anniversary
Of abolition,
They view the point of no return
Down in the dungeon of the castle
Off the Ghanaian coast
They forget to compare
Their lives with those
Of present day Africans,
Of Ghanaians.
Perhaps,
The suffering accomplished
Something?


PROGRAMME

A split between
|The Gaeltacht
And the Galltacht
Pictures of the Islands
Environmental Programme
Of Connemara on T.V.
Wonderful Scenery
Unsurpassable, really
And history in the landscape
And building
environment to be preserved
Crafts to continue
A lovely blend
Of Gaeltacht
in Connemara.
Face Painting of tigers
On children's faces.

I WENT BACK

I went back, yes
Strange the way
Things turned out
A day came my way
With hired car
To follow my own inclination

So I went back
Found Rest And Be Thankful
Thought of those Vikings
Long Ago, a mere two miles
The land stretch between
Loch Long and Loch Lomond,
And just some few miles
From Loch Long, the mountain pass
Called
Rest And Be Thankful.

 


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