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Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

The Custume of Ukraine

In memory of Vitaly Volodymyrovych – the Sgt Custume of out times. The Irishman who gave his life in Williamite War in …

How a Poet Can Avoid Divorce

The lady deep in her slumbers Was woken by her dear Whose reasons for wakind his beloved was not as romantic as …

The Music Lives On

The music lives on that Aisling played She lives on in the hearts she touched, the friends she made The children she …

The Well Drawing Mother of a Bishop!

“May you be the mother of a bishop!” An Irish “blessing”, depending on the context of the utterer At the well she …

The Years Creep Up

When I was walking the Slieve Blooms a decade back, I was a lot fitter than now – though far from fit!!! – and the hair was black with grey. Time passes, and its now white with black!!!

Every So Often a Book I See

Every so often a book I see That once I had upon my shelf Opposite the fireplace that would never draw Smoking …

The Carnmoney Vicar and the Devil

The vicar of Carnmoney was a greedy sort for money So the histories of the time of him tell The Devil spotted …

Wedding Day for a Pashtun Girl

In learning to live she nearly lost her life Taught to world to love to learn Which is ignorant of a global …

A Nice Time of Year to Go

A nice time of year to go – So long ago, like yesterday – When the veil of life was at its …

The Talking Drums of the Amina

They echo still, the talking drums: Through time they echo down… To those who listen they shall hear The screams of the …

A Great Place to Go Mad

Background: I grew up with stories of my father on his honeymoon on the west coast describing it as “a great place …

Had She Never Written a Poem

Oh that as they lay there On the floor of the family home Taken by gas like to many of their folk …

Red Wolf Returns from the Mountains

When the wolf gets red, he becomes an ugly customer. ليوه چه سور کيږي ګنده کيږي Bannuchis say this of Wazirs, but …

The Unlikely Rebel

Softly spoken, without the braggarts yell, His words echo far, the truth they tell, Bring all to their feet, in support or …

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