That Day has Come

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That Day has Come

irishwaterprotest1Nov

Dawn rises grey and slow

over Hill Side

reflecting silver shadows

on the black water of  Lough  Atailia.

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A metronome ticks in drips

as civil war fades

washed down the drain

with Irish water.

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Those who try to sell our story,

a story shaping

our ancestral genes,

a story held in

the molecules  of water

of river,  lake,  stream

of Lough Derravaragh,

where Lir’s cursed children  dwelt

of Lough Gur, through whose secret portal

Oisin followed  Niamh.

of rivers Corrib, Lagan, Liffy and Lee

the umbilical cords of our cities.

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Those who would sell our life source,

to untamed corporations

have them steal our dreams

reign us in like sheep

metering  out  our water

to serve their  greed.

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Those same men, whose fathers

fought for our freedom,  land

our dignity, .

want to turn our water into

commodity

and sell it back to us

at fetished market whim.

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Dawn spreads gently

over the city, Spanish Arch

St Nicholas,  the Claddagh,

and night returns subdued

to it’s underworld.

That day has come

 

Anne Irwin

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