My kindness tastes like sweets
of love resting on my plate.
My kindness looks like a bunch
of yellow flowers bursting from the ground.
My kindness smells like a scent of roses
lingering all around me.
My kindness sounds like a fun fair
just around the corner.
My kindness fills my heart
accepting the sacrifices
of those fearless soldiers
one hundred years after the war.
Written by Nicole McNamara, 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.