My fun tastes like a cake at a party
Celebrating and remembering the past.
My fun looks like the sun
Shining on the youth and future.
My fun smells like a whiff of fresh air
Dancing around outside.
My fun is like freedom
Doing what I want, when I want.
My fun sounds like shouting and roaring
That I can hear form the crowds.
My fun is mostly felt at home
In safety and freedom
from judgement and isolation.
One hundred years since the war
Ireland’s fight for freedom
That stifled fun and freedom.
Let us not forget the sacrifices
Let us not forget the war
One hundred years of freedom.
Written by Shane Larkin, as part of Poetry as Commemoration workshops led by Terry McDonagh, in Castlerea Community School, Roscommon, in November 2022. Transition Year students were invited to write a poem in response to Terry McDonagh’s poem ‘My Freedom One Hundred Years Later’, written in commemoration of the War of Independence.