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Ode To Bobby Sands
by Susan K. de Vegter
Friday, March 16, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries I've ever visited and her people , the most charismatic. Apart from that, underneath all this, her heart breaks. This is the other , more serious side of Ireland and why the heart of the Rebel in me beats there with her Rebels too. I wrote this on March 16, 1999.

This poem was written after hearing Gerry Adams, President of Sein Finn, lecture here at The Savannah College of Art and Design. He spoke of the terrorist bomb that killed attorney Rosemary Nelson the day before the lecture, while her children heard the explosion from their nearby classroom.

This is also dedicated to her memory.


Ode to Bobby Sands

Murals of excrement
As art upon the walls
While moans of Irelands lost sons
Are echoed in the halls
Devoid of human comforts
He passed his days for us
His emptiness, this prison...
For souls of Ireland must
Redeem his honor somehow
Restore, relieve, reset
Timetables lost in history
And put the Brits to test
Their 'redcoats' laced with hatred
Terrorists bombs for us
The folks that Bobby led in strength
In him was Irelands trust
His cell a tomb forever
His goodness shaken, "Nay!"
For Bobby's name is on the tongues
Of Irishmen today
He gave his life for freedom
His memory serves him well
Let's put the peace in Ireland
And bring her out of hell!

© 1999 Susan Kathryn de Vegter

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Reviewed by Michael Mathieu 3/19/2007
A tribute well deserved...
Thanks for sharing...

Reviewed by Sharon Lawson 3/18/2007
A moving plea for Ireland's sake! It's beyond words what those poor children went through hearing that fatal explosion. The suffering in this world.... :o(
Reviewed by jude forese 3/17/2007
a powerful tribute to a man who never gave up on freeing his country ...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/17/2007
Shows your passion.

Reviewed by Randall Barfield 3/17/2007
'bring her out of hell!' that's for sure. who doesn't remember him? thanks for sharing
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/17/2007
An excellent poem ! Thanks for sharing it . Ireland is a beautiful country. I've never been there , but have seen and visited it in my dreams.....M
Reviewed by Robert Blackwell 3/17/2007
I read this one while listening to some Celtic music I have on my computer. It made for a very moving experience.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/17/2007
Truly heartfelt tribute Susan!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 3/16/2007
So sad. . .but a wonderful tribute, indeed. "Let's put the peace
in Ireland/ And bring her out of hell!" A m e n !!!! Love and good fortune for all your days, 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 3/16/2007
Good tribute. Thank you for reposting so I could read it. Lady J
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/16/2007
A tribute worth reposting many times Susan! You have the experience with which to speak out. Beautifully done!

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/16/2007

Gorgeous, poignant tribute to Bobby Sands; well done!

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/16/2007
Aye, tis indeed grand to celebrate Saint Patty's Day but it is even grander tribute to honour and remember the fallen heros of a country that even today struggles for freedom. I am proud of my Irish heritage and the land I have never visited draws me in dreams and hope that I will someday visit this magical land of heros and kings.

Great tribute Susan.
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/16/2007
Ireland had a long struggle and the North is still living under the puppet Government the English put there. They are still treated as non people with no rights that the English Irish have. The Black and Tans kicked my father out of Ireland because the said he hid an IRA member in his barn. He had to sell his farm and my mother and father with their six children had to flee Ireland. The Black and Tans were mercenaries hired by the English to do their dirty work. They were mostly foreigners cut throats and criminals. Yes we got rid of one hell but there is still one in the North. Southern Ireland is enjoying one of its most prosperous times. Erin Go Bragh. Nice rememberance for one of Irelands martyr's.

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