Is there hope?

During the ‘Troubles’, there were examples of irrational action, despite the tensions. One of these was the villification of children going to Holy Cross School, Belfast.

Oh! My Darling! Tell me so, how did you spend your day?

“I was at the barricade, and we had our say!”

But what, My Darling, was the point, the burden of your voice?

“No concessions! No agreement! We must retain our choice!”

But then, My Darling, in the end, what was indeed achieved?

“Nothing! But we made our point and won’t listen to what they plead!”

As he slept, she read the news of children terrorised

By feuding neighbours, so misled, apparently surprised

That mindless violent action, against young minds so mild,

Was abhorred by all the world, as much as each young child.

“Oh God, Please help me, find again, the Christian heart within

This man, who rides the tides of dark dogmatic whim.”

As he slept, a light appeared in the darkness of his dream

He watched as his friends dispersed, (the crowd, there once had been)

A voice demanded, “Tell me; What made you hugely proud?

Of what you did, just yesterday? –Don’t hide behind that crowd!

For you should come to realise, that behind its vulgar face,

Your voluntary involvement, was a personal disgrace!”

A quieter man arose next morn and silently reviewed

The news of misadventure, of tear-stained girls pursued

By insults and expletives, heard on their way to school

From those claiming adherence to Democratic Rule!

In deed, he thought, if it were me, without a crowd beside

Could I be, as brave as those, I selfishly deride?

George Potter

Published by George Potter

A retired Chartered Mechanical Engineer, still adept at getting my hands (and clothes) dirty, inventor of all sorts of non-commercial, but novel solutions, amateur carpenter and occasional writer of poems and painter in watercolours.

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