Barney Rooney

Veteran Poet - 1,947 Points (belfast)

The Mcalpine Lies. Cont'D - Poem by Barney Rooney

The McAlpine lies quieted by the grave
threats that reputation must be saved
from false pointing as to who were the depraved

is it being well-versed in stratagems of defence
that the old boys resort to pretence
playing dead where undergrowth is dense?

while calling in the force of law to see
who next could cloud their infidelity
perhaps concealed in yonder tall yew tree

call favours from the confraternity of the lodge
to do a little turning of the sods
set them howling at the moon like hungry dogs

a time served ruse to let the trail go cold
trust the Met to do as they are told
point old plod and tell him to be bold

soak a rag in the scent of public fame
of a few who the people will know by name
play the law for such playing is their game

drag a trail to one of those front doors
with the posse well in place some hours before
the hounds are straining, more, more

sniffing false trails to their dead ends
the more the focus of forensic lens
the less to see of the picture’s outer ends

the old boys can cry
these interminable enquiries are all my eye
and Katie Murphy, cost the earth and sky

wasted delving in the long gone days
when..well..things were done in different ways
that whimpered shame can claim with time decays

Topic(s) of this poem: crime


Comments about The Mcalpine Lies. Cont'D by Barney Rooney

  • (11/16/2015 2:30:00 PM)


    I read this poem with much interest. Don't relly get the plot. I remember there was some scandal about one of the McAlpine's a few years ago, not sure of it was Alfred, I assume Sir Robert is dead.
    Where does Katie Murphy enter the fray?
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  • Kelly Kurt (9/26/2015 12:34:00 PM)


    A poignant poem, Barney. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, September 20, 2015


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