listening to irish folk

i tap my feet to the highwaymen and drinkers
laugh with the jokers and scallywag womanisers

shake my fist at the helpless huzzah of rebels slashed
by the pikes of brutal occupiers; more often though

I sink my beer and weep with lonely mothers
who watch their children starve in the midst of plenty

and i feel the centuries fuse to hopelessness
so many irelands so many irelands still

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The Irish know all about Famine and the "wailing cries" of dying children. Listen to a moving rendition of "Four Green Fields" by Bruce and Sandy Hedman. Used with permission, full copyright acknowledged. Visit their site to listen to their beautiful music....