My Joy One Hundred Years Later

by Leah Mockler

My joy tastes like a home-cooked meal 

Cooling on a plate.

My joy looks like a ray of sunshine 

Gleaming through the clouds

My joy smells like a burning candle 

Lingering around the room.

My joy feels like a warm and cosy

Blanket wrapped around me in winter.

My joy sounds like music.

Playing out on the street.

My joy is most felt with my family and friends

In hope and joy one hundred years later.

Written by Leah Mockler, 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.