The cod continues

I’ve been covering Dave Wood‘s visit to Atticall last month, and his work on compiling stories and poetry on reconciliation. Some of you may recall that a piece of poetry evolved from one of our visits with the children at Kilkeel library, and it provoked a little bit of debate on the nature of literature versus expression.

Dave has compiled a response, and you can find it below the fold.a hymn to the fish stink of kilkeel

fish fight fish fight
with all your might
slap cod slap hands
and slapil-ie

fish fight – fish might
who’s wrong? – who’s right?
fish place fish stink
all fish to fry

fish why? fish die
you’re for fish pie
you hit you jab
and then you lie

fish sigh – fish nigh
sight goes awry
go argue then
where the oil fries

and when the oil fries – you scream out loud
both stink the worst – where stink is proud

  • Rory

    Miss Fitz,

    Below my own poor deriviative poetic tribute to good Dave Woods and the work he does with the children of the North (with meek apologies to Robert Burns).

    To A Guid-herted Friend o’ Irish weans.

    Wee, guid-herted, Sassenach, beastie,
    O, what hope is in thy breastie!
    Thou need na fear the herts sae pasty,
    Wi’ bickering brattle!
    They shud be laith to rin an’ chase thee,
    Wi’ murd’ring pattle!

    Keep writin’ ’em, Davey lad, and fuck the begrudgers!

  • Miss Fitz

    I shared that gem with Dave, and will let you know what he thinks! 🙂

  • Pete Baker

    Well, a quote from Sam seems appropriate at this point:

    “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

  • Miss Fitz

    OK Pete, now for a bit of poetry from you please?

    If Rory can do it…….

  • Pete Baker

    I don’t do derivatives, Miss Fitz, which is all an instant response would allow.

    As I may have indicated previously, I prefer the, almost endless, edit and revise, edit and revise approach. :o)

  • Rory

    Oh we all do deriviatives, Pete. It is the very process by which learning is passed along. Some of us prefer to believe we are the one true untainted original genius every now and then.

    Think Martin Amis for the lunch set and Jeffrey Archer for the suntan oil and Bacardi Breezer set – or Francis Fukiyama for the closeted nerdy set.

  • Miss Fitz

    Frank Fukiyama is a genius among men!!

    I may have defended Daniel for obscure, maternal reasons, but Frank! At the end of it all, everything he wrote in the End of History, has resonance and truth, and I think that people purposely distort and misinterpret his writings

    Closet nerd??? I never heard the like

  • Rory

    Will we talk of Francis further on this thread, Miss Fitz, or will we leave him for another discussion? I really would love to get into it but I don’t know if it is best appropriate here and now.

    However, I brought up the man, so you call it.

  • páid


    Cál a smig?