Far From Athy Poem by Martin Swords

Martin Swords

Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland

Far From Athy

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Pat told stories of old times, living in digs
in Athy, working on the roofin’ for aul’ Hammond.
Me with my booklearning piped up
“I heard of Athy,
“And look! a barge comes bringing from Athy
And other far- flung towns mythologies.” ”,
lines from the canalbankpoet.
“Bet he never saw it in the lashing
rain”, Pat observed dryly.
No. Nor I had never seen it his way,
from a cold slate roof breaking galvanised
tacking nails with the long ripper,
and only the price of two pints in his pocket,
till Friday.

He was glad for me that I hadn’t.


Martin Swords May 2009

i.m. Pat Swords 1915 - 1978
On His Birthday 1st May

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
William Stoneberger 02 June 2009

nice tribute to your friend here...deeper than at first it seems...

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Fay Slimm 23 May 2009

Warm and well remembered interludes with friends or relatatives are such precious moments and you present some of that here with experienced and precise penmanship Martin..... a light but meaningful piece.... thank you - Fay.

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Martin Swords

Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland
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