Francis Duggan

No Longer The Foe - Poem by Francis Duggan

As a boy i heard so many stories of Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra's freedom fighting men
Of the ambush that took place in Headford and the heroes of Tureengarriffe Glen
But the enemy of Ireland in those days today is a friend not a foe
And Ireland has changed much since those times since that was a long time ago
The men who fought in Ireland's War of Independence and Civil War perhaps none of them living today
But there are so many types of freedom and so few people free in every way
Under self Government Ireland's biggest export is people not everyone at home can stay
And few out of choice do leave their homeland which does seem a sad thing to say
To the brave souls who die for their Country the credit of honor is due
But that any Country is not worth dying for i personally believe to be true
I have never worn a soldier's uniform and of war do not have personal stories to tell
But i have met some who have been in war zones and they told me they have been in hell
The Ambushes at Headford and Tureengarriffe did take place many Seasons ago
And the enemy of Ireland in those time today is no longer the foe.

Topic(s) of this poem: war and peace

Form: Sonnet

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 30, 2016

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