Famine Prayer

Give us our daily bread
Father in mercy hear our prayer
All hope in human aid is fled
We sink in deep despair.

Our little ones scream out with pain
And clamour to be fed
Father, they cry to us in vain
Give us our daily bread.

O’er the gaunt infant at the breast
The mother bows her head
The fount is dry, in vain ’tis pressed
Give us our daily bread.

Our eldest born, with hollow eye
And eager stealthy tread
Would take the food we cannot buy
Give us our daily bread.

We must not beg, we shall not steal
Though stores before us spread
But we will work with earnest zeal
Give us our daily bread.

Famine hath laid her withering hand
Upon each little head
O Christ! Is this a Christian land?
Give us our daily bread.

Thy will be done, Father receive
Our souls when we are dead
In Heaven we shall not pine and grieve
Or want for daily bread.

Dome of Slieve Gullion

gap of the north

Dome of Slieve Gullion
And of your brood
My soul is apart
In your rock-heat
her heart
Slave to your mood.

Mystical beauty
Breathes on your brow
Sun-setting beams
Lull me to dreams
Far from my plough.

Wild inspiration
Flees unexpressed
Through tinted sun-trap
Ancient mist wool-cap
Stirring my breast.

Mountain of mystery
Of Fionn the brave
Of Saint-scholared Gael
Of legend and tale
I am your slave.

Michael J Murphy

I Remember

 I think the exiles among you will forgive me my self-indulgence just one more poem.

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor brought too long a day
But now, i often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, i remember
The roses, red and white The                                                                         
violets and the lily-cups
Those flowers made of light;
The lilacs where the robin built
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday –
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then,
That is so heavy now
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir trees dark and high
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky!
It was a childhood ignorance
But now ’tis little joy
To know I’m farther off from heaven
Than when I was a boy.

To a Fried Fish


Local poet Art Bennett lived from 1793 until 1879.  This is not one of his better efforts, but still I think it has some appeal.  It’s a tribute, I suppose, to his dinner just before he eats it!
There you lie,
You poor little fry,
Your eyes wide open
Yet you cannot cry
Your back all burnt
And your belly all tore
And not a bit of butter
To grease your sore!

Rabbie Burns

I’ve heard it said that no one knows the words, so here they are.  Next New Year’s Eve, you’ll be the only one singing the right lines, and you’ll look the right g