Heart To Heart

I was a catholic boy

In a protestant town

Of Irish family

Living on English ground

 

Interesting perspective

From the very start

Questions of allegiance

Questions of the heart

 

Antipathies lay dormant

Peace was all I knew

Tyldesley folk were friendly

An English Irish stew

 

Centenaries are ringing out

In Ireland today

The tragedy of the Treaty

Lloyd George’s clever play

 

Those times were times of bloodshed

Millions had died

A little blood in Ireland

To save the Empire’s pride

 

And Collins the great hero

Tall and handsome man

Fighting for his country

Always on the run

 

Unfinished business flared again

The Troubles took its toll

And innocents were killed again

Their names in honour roll

 

How easily our blood can boil

Especially when we’re young

How easily our life can end

In the using of a gun

 

Rights and wrongs are everywhere

Once the fighting starts

So persevere in dialogue

For the unity of hearts

 

Brian Fahy

11 December 2021

 

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