Tim Cunningham on Mathew Bridge

The Singers and the Dancers

 

(You shall have singing and dancing enough.’ – Sheriff Francis Lloyd, Limerick, 1798)

 

Another summer morning on Mathew Bridge,

Another thrush trilling her repertoire

And the same sun dancing on the Shannon

As it surges towards the sea.

 

A different tune those centuries ago

When singing was the screech of men

Torn by lash, and dancing

Was their dangling from the lantern hoops.

 

Now another evening on Mathew Bridge,

Another sparrow chirping on the telegraph wire

And the same moon dancing on the Shannon

As it surges towards the sea.

 

– Tim Cunningham

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