The Road To Ireland & The Water Thief

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The Road To Ireland

I would like to live in the West, at the edge

of the world, on a small holding,

walk my cow each day to the milk shed

and see which hen I am beholding to

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for laying an egg. I would change

wheat into loaves, fill my plate from the field,

stack turf like gold bars for the kitchen range,

and conceal my distillery in creels.

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Instead, I have stood at the town’s crossroads

and listened to who is ‘Wanted’ across the border,

who is being adulterous on the old bog roads

and who sprayed ‘Ireland is out of order!’

 The Water Thief

 

That the locals preferred footwear

throughout the year

is wellingtons, shows no shortage of water.

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Yet it has been leaked that a neighbour

parked his tractor,

with an empty tank on a trailer,

at my outside tap and syphoned enough water

to empty the local reservoir.

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Perhaps his thirst was greater

or was it to top up the Tullaghabegley River

and coax the return of that old otter?

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Perchance it was connected to a letter

from the Department of Water.

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Owen Gallagher is from Gorbals, Glasgow, and lives in London. He has awards from The London Arts Board and The Society of Authors. He has won poetry competitions and his poems have been displayed on London buses and in public places in Ireland and on the Listening Wall, Southbank Centre, London at the Poetry Interbational Festival, 2014. His book publications include: Sat Guru Snowman, Reprinted 2004, Peterloo Poets and Tea with the Taliban, 2012, Smokestack Books, England.

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Owen Gallagher is from Gorbals, Glasgow, and lives in London. He has awards from The London Arts Board and The Society of Authors. He has won poetry competitions and his poems have been displayed on London buses and in public places in Ireland and on the Listening Wall, Southbank Centre, London at the Poetry Interbational Festival, 2014. His book publications include: Sat Guru Snowman, Reprinted 2004, Peterloo Poets and Tea with the Taliban, 2012, Smokestack Books, England.

 

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  1. maureen coffey

    November 21, 2014 9:38 pm

    Owen’s poetry always makes me think, but t doesn’t try to be too clever. It doesn’t need any translation or discussion group to try to determine any meaning behind his words. I just “get it”. When people share a similar upbringing thats what happens.