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Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:45 pm
by dedalus
I live in the silly belief
that nothing more can happen
than has not happened before.

In Inchicore, down South Dublin,
I witnessed a murder as a child
when a man got stabbed in an alley

and the killer ran past me, wild-eyed,
thinking to kill me as well, perhaps.

In that instant you could see his thoughts,
a witness, a child, what shall I do?
But he ran past me, he ran far away.

The police came, and also my father
and they said, you must tell us,
what did this man look like?

He was fair (he was dark); he was tall (he was short).
In that moment I joined the IRA.

Re: Confession

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:08 pm
by calico
Nice write. I stumbled on ' far away', then got the feeling that it stayed in to rhyme with A - but there's no consistent rhyme scheme. Saying that, it is the sort of thing a child would say/think - that he's gone over the hills and far away. I must say I like it, just enough detail, good structure.

Re: Confession

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:55 pm
by JohnLott
Good one, apart from this:

that nothing more can happen
than has not happened before.

I don't see the point of this, since something (more) is happening all the time. Or do you mean you can't increment nothing with more nothing?



Re: Confession

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:32 am
by dedalus
Easy, Johnny. I know you'll never never be satisfied. Wait until Ireland beats Wales (tough one) and comes up against Ingerland in the Semi-Finals. That's a team whose arse needs kicking Big-Time and ... (further comments mercifully deleted, although intensely interesting from a literary/ historical point of view in which Brian O'Driscoll plays the role of Michael Collins to that of Ronan O'Gara as Eamon de Valera, with Cian Healy, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Paul O'Connell, Johnny Sexton and Early Birdy out on the wing filling in as warriors, assassins, and a sweet-singing choir when needed). Why can't we sing our National Anthem, then? Because, because of the bleedin border!! Didja see any Union Jacks in that crowd at Dunedin?? Nary a fuckin one.

Edited several times because a) I was rude and obstreporous; b) I can't spell; c) I can't type and spell at the same time; d) I can't be rude and type and spell all at the one time. Shite.

Re: Confession

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:42 am
by dedalus
Sorry, John. Post-post colonial lid-popping. Entirely incremental. ...... fuck if we won't see youz off, annyway.

Re: Confession

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:03 pm
by JohnLott
I stopped watching Rugby when the French lost their imaginative running/throwing game in the '90's.

With 6bn people on this planet no one will really mind if you hate the English.

Have another G&T and go out into the mid-day sun [take your quinine first].

I'll be off to Parknasilla for a game of Golf and a pint of Murphy's in the morning......

Hard Life.



Re: Confession

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:54 pm
by dedalus
Since 1998 things have moved on to a new level.
The Queen would never have come over otherwise.
This is all to the good.
Both sides are keenly aware of the changes.

The old rivalry comes alive in sports
(the last bastion of nationalism?)
but in everyday life we live and behave
like neighbours, which is what we are.

I think it is 6.5 Bn ... soon to be rising to 8.
This is the REAL problem, John,
not Anglo-Irish relations.


Re: Confession

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:17 pm
by dedalus
Parknasilla is lovely.

Murphy's is not ... unless you're from Cork.
I dare say you haven't seen the cartoon of the donkey drinking Guinness ...
(Dublin-based, wouldn't you know)
... pissing in a bucket labelled "Murphy's"?

Do what you like.
That's what we all do, anyway.

Come back and visit us time and again:
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Slán agus beannacht,