Who Goes There?

Mammy needed a passport

To go to Germany

To go visit her daughter in Dusseldorf

But the office would not give her one

The reason very clear

Mammy was an Irish girl

She didn’t belong here


Mammy wasn’t having it

She made her case with vim

Just a short-term document

So they’d let her in

A British visitor passport

That would do the trick

Still they would not give it her

She would have to stick


Then she played her winning hand

They could not deny

When I was born she said to them

Mayo was British aye

And my husband fought a war for you

British army boy

They surrendered then and let her go

To the Rhine and German joy


Brian Fahy

13 September 2022

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