John F. McCullagh

(09/28/1954 / Flushing)

The stones cry out


From every county of old
Ireland
The stones have come to speak again.
Joined together in these four walls
They tell the tale of vanished men.
One million dead, the Hunger's harvest
A million more fled overseas.
The potatoes, on which they depended,
Lay rotting in the Irish fields
It was a hard death they endured;
Their sentence passed by
falling
yields.
The stones cry out, the stones remember
the shadows of the hunger slain.
They curse the British who dissembled
Who showed less mercy than the rain.
They cry out loudest for the children;
The bairns of that famished land.
Their mother's arms, their only coffins.
their sole possession was their names.

Submitted: Sunday, August 03, 2014

Topic(s): Politics


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This is a poem about the Irish famine memorial in lower Manhattan.

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