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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - County Clare then and Now

County Clare then and Now


James Bredin

County Clare was once a quiet tranquil place,
That pranced and plodded with old country grace,
Like the silent surge of the Fergus - no race,
Of tiger traffic or Tinkers claiming space.

Where priests in black, all walked on water,
And a girl was proud to be her fatherís daughter,
Where work was scarce and emigrants plenty,
Took most people then by the age of twenty.

I preferred County Clare way back then,
Hunting with street dogs for rabbits in the glen,
Brought those rabbits back - me and Josie White,
Cleaned and cooked and eaten before that night,

But roads were crooked with no white lines,
Traffic was slow in keeping with the times,
And farmers were friendly - we were all poor,
In keeping with times we had to endure.

Then people went by train when they left,
Many heart broken depressed and bereft,
To a big ship in Cobh anchored at sea,
Full of loneliness to no small degree.

But County Clare survived and improved,
And people found work so few moved,
And then they went out and all bought cars,
Filled up the roads and drank in bars.

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