A poem for Ireland

From October 2018, these lines were pulled together quickly during a weekly Ó Bheal poetry challenge, usually hosted on the 2nd Monday of each month in The Long Valley Bar, Cork city, Ireland. 

They idealise Finnish schools
where the children come
together to learn and 
play outside.

Taking in oxygen and
all those essential
elements that America
seems to lack.

I miss the wide open 
sky, but not this.

Honda civics cruise the block
but here, the Nissan
Qashqai is car of the 
year, nearly, if it fits...

Spiders and wreathes hanging adjacent 
on shopfronts at the top of Patrick St.
Will I lose myself
If I kill reminiscence?

Originally written for the Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition, in the Long Valley Bar, Cork City, Ireland in October 2018.

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