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‘Good morning Ulster’ she approximated
Despite the litanies anticipated
Suspect advice she satiated
The victim’s name, not yet related

Will all key holders check their shop?
The victim’s name at 9 o’clock
Sandyknowes is chock-a- block
Parsons plead the madness stop.

Great results for the Whites and Blues
On a border road, a pair of shoes
A three-nil win against The Crues
The victim’s name, first other news.

Wrap up well against the breeze
The victim’s name will follow these
There’s a rumour of a longer freeze
These killings usually come in threes

Graham joins us from the farmers’ show
Trouble there? He reckons, ‘No!’
The victim’s name today is slow
It’s nice to have a little snow.

Police have said the man was shot
I’ve never known it quite so hot
Demands that killers soon be caught
The victim’s name, we soon forgot.

5intheface 5.10.2011

3 Responses

  1. A powerful and tragic poem. Original and so strong in its terse lines. Thank you 5in the face for sharing it here. I will be coming back to read it again.

  2. A fine poem. A sad poem. Brings back terrible memories of bodies dumped on border roads. A lot of people have a lot to live with.
    A lot of young people seem not to appreciate the horror and pain which was so recently endured in this country.
    Google tells me “sandyknows” is a junction on the M2, but it is no help in finding out what or who “The Crues” are or which team are the “white and blues”.
    I have read your poem several times. It is powerful. Very human.
    “The victim’s name we soon forgot” so many, so many.

    • Thank you both for the comments.

      The Whites were Distillery, a team which used to play in West Belfast but have since moved to Lisburn, The Blues are Linfield and the Crues are Crusaders.

      Might actually have to change that line as three-nil in an Irish league game seems unlikely. 🙂

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