conversation

This is a section of a conversation (laid out like a free verse poem) which I scribed during part of the http://creativereconciliationinthemournes.blogspot.com/project. Hopefully it will spark some discussion around the issues.

conversation

from thirty five years ago
and early seventies
it used to be…
we’d all see
the twelth july
parade

both sides upon the coin
conjoined
i’d never seen before
n my own catholic town

but now here it was

at harvest time
we’d celebrate
lunches
teas
share eatings
communal news
and celebrating us

somehow it changed
numbers dwindled

one band leader insisted on
non-provocative tunes

and when
something happened
there’d be places we wouldn’t go

scribed by dave wood

  • Relatives of my Mrs who are Roman Catholics used to as the poem says..

    we’d all see
    the twelth july
    parade

    They wouldn’t now.

    They used to even go to a Church service in a Protestant Church now because their Priest says they can’t, they don’t.

    The line “there’d be places we wouldn’t go” taken slightly out of context can also be slightly amusing.I know Protestants who’d be scared to even drive up the Falls Road today.I find that amusing, do Protestant/Loyalist drivers drive in a way that you’d know they’re Protestants? The only thing that’d scare me driving up there is the “joy riders” and the Taxi drivers.

    Maybe those days back then, as refered to, were the Good Old Days?

  • Pete Baker

    “there’d be places we wouldn’t go”

    That is, in itself, an interesting line.. and one worthy of dissection and analysis, even a poem perhaps.

    Unfortunately, the rest of the conversation, as transcribed, places it within a particular frame of reference that excludes alternative readings.

    As for the other highlighted pieces you’ve received from anonymous contributors.. I doubt that the seeming purpose of this piece is well served at all by referencing them.

  • Yes Pete, that line (or two)

    “and when
    something happened
    there’d be places we wouldn’t go”

    makes me wonder if that is the result of

    “one band leader insisted on
    non-provocative tunes

    Are we still not going to those places? How long will it take before we start to go them there places?