The Irish Famine was as a result of colonial marginalization of the Irish people, and their subsequent abandonment when the blight struck. It was genocide.
The Mystic’s Recollection
By Fionn’s table, the Traveller sat
In dreams, though not his own
To gaze below on a tortured land
Of brick and barn and bone,
Where he thought sad thoughts,
It was all he had,
A burden carried sore
That anchored deep
The days passed by
When afflicted cried ‘no more’.
He watched them as they wept by stream
And cradled bloody heads
Or creased in pains of hunger forced
In joyless, sodden beds.
He saw the terror spring to life in empty, haunted eyes
And sickened as the crows swept down
To feed, from cruel skies.
He cringed as every scream rang forth
From small unblinking souls
And plugged his ears against the din
That seeped from bodies cold.
He hugged himself and lay, in dark,
As issue boots clumped by,
The cloven hooves of demon men
With souls both black and dry.
Parched, he drank…
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