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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - The Irish Then and Now

The Irish Then and Now

by

James Bredin


I remember the Irish when we were poor,
We cried a lot and laughed a lot though times were dour,
Many of us left though some of us stayed,
Poverty was too pervasive to display.

But times changed and economy improved,
They joined the Common Market and approved,
Now they have the problems of those who were rich,
Sometimes -- though not often -- they look back and wish.

‘Cause times were simple then when people were poor,
The rivers had salmon big and mature,
Horses and wagons were the only traffic,
And Tinkers down in the demographic.

And people believed and all went to church,
No pedophile priests -- no need for research,
God was definitely up in heaven,
Said rosary and in bed by eleven.


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