Black Poetry : Burying The Dead

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  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ten men hanged
    Nearly 80 years ago
    Buried by their oppressor
    In shallow graves
    Beneath the Northern Ireland snow

    These fighters for freedom
    Heroes then, heroes now
    One for all
    All for Ireland
    To British rule
    They did not bow

    Forever Ireland
    Forever these men
    Freedom fighters
    Hunger strikers
    The politicians of Sinn Fein

    Yesterday
    A grand procession
    Ten flag draped coffins
    So bright the green, white and red
    Still in Northern Ireland
    The “Troubles” continue
    So familiar are its people
    Eighty years of practice
    Burying their dead

    BE
    © Bruce H. Edwards, 2001
     
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    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Bruce H. Edwards

    Your treatment of current events is always thought-provoking and edifying. "The Troubles" is another example of a people, tied by blood, yet torn apart by ideologies and beliefs. And these struggles, in every form imaginable, exist all over this world.

    I love the piece, BE....especially the way you bring it to such a heart-rending conclusion, culminating in the solemnity and grandeur of the funeral procession due them in their honor...and the sobering realization that these people understand they are born to one day bury their dead, for the cause.

    Excellent write!

    Thank you

    a
     
  3. Kitana

    Kitana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Like so many before them

    hatred based on religious beliefs has been a dividing wall between the people of ireland for so long.....

    reading what you have written is like reading about the life of Michael Collins all over again.....

    and the worst of it is, it has never changed and does not look like it ever will...born not to live, but live to die....

    K
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    BE.........

    once again u came in fashion to teach us some
    knowledge and history here .....well written piece
     
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    shaz Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Who is righteous
    Who is not
    Where did it begin
    Where will it end

    When it is time to stand
    Will I need a hand
    Or will the
    Lessons of the past
    Give me the courage to stand
    And lend a hand
    No matter the price of the righteous Wright
    Even if the price of the do Wright
    Should cost me my life

    Food for thought

    Thank you for the thought provoking poem Poet
     
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