by Marie Lavin

Our freedom was hard fought
And although we have been taught
To honour our dead
Who put heart over head
Do we ever give them a second thought?

How different our lives would now be
Of they had not the foresight to see
That without pain
There is no gain
So let’s rejoice in their memory.

Reproduced with kind permission of the author. This poem was composed in a Poetry as Commemoration workshop held at Sligo County Library in October 2023.  The workshop was led by writer Terry McDonagh.