My poem IN FREEDOM’S GROUND was published recently in the new online SIXTEEN MAGAZINE, issue 2 (October 2014) and I am very happy that it has been included in this new and interesting concept of modern literature regarding the 1916 insurrection in Ireland almost 100 years ago and the response to prompts from the magazine editorial team. In this case the prompt was Yeats’ poem Easter 1916 and although my piece was written a number of years ago I thought that it would be appropriate to submit it and I am very happy it was accepted and published.
I hope you like the poem.
IN FREEDOM’S GROUND
And what of those that fell for ideals
resting now in freedom’s ground,
dead citizenry of Republic
that purchased this sovereignty,
do their bones toss and turn – restless
like those who walk
to vibrations of patronaged bells,
where once their flesh sang and their blood transformed
ascending – to symbolic notes of the psaltery.
Great Seal of Ireland’s sovereign destinies
what would they who are dead think of Irish glories now,
that ‘Terrible Beauty Born?’
Michael J. Whelan
(Psaltery = book of psalms which would be sung during mass).
Published in SIXTEEN Magazine, issue 2, October 2014
Artwork: (c)Michael J. Whelan