john o'connell

Rookie (11.12.1949 / Limerick, Ireland)

Ireland - Poem by john o'connell


land of pain and complaints;
teaching its young
the miserable lessons of failure,
endowed by centuries of history
and justice gone cruelly mad.
an island
with rugged shores
that turn in
on its own populace.
and falling fatefully
into the Saturnian puddle
of its own gorging.
all that remains
is an emerald sadness
filled with living ghosts.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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