Micheal Lally


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Mícheál Lally (born 1939), is an Irish writer and historian.

A native of Fairhill in the Claddagh area in Ireland, Lally has been a seminarian, shopkeeper, publican, and a voluntary worker with the Brothers of Charity. He has published a book, The Tan War; Ballyovey, South Mayo, the product of ten years' painstaking research instigated by the last wish of his father, Tom, that the ... more »

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Forbidden Fruit

all the forbidden fruit I ever
dreamt of--or was taught to
resist and fear--ripens and
blossoms under the palms of my
hands as they uncover and explore
you--and in the most secret
corners of my heart as it discovers
and adores you--the forbidden fruit
of forgiveness--the forbidden fruit
of finally feeling the happiness
you were afraid you didn't deserve--
the forbidden fruit of my life's labor
--the just payment I have avoided
since my father taught me how--
the forbidden fruit of the secret
language of our survivors' souls as
they unfold each ...

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