Neil Burns

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Battlefield

‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ Mark 5: 5

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They say Diogenes lived in a wooden-barrel in Athens
And carried around with him, a lit-lantern during the day.
With whining dogs at his legs, seeking ‘honesty’ he claimed.
And today – as I walk along a path close to the Lagan way -

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I watch the birds there fly to-and-fro, and I notice how free
They are, with no pockets to curl their wings into balls of rage.
No deep pockets to bury secrets. I smile then because my strong
Hands are free of anger.I do not feel like an animal in a ...

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