Ties 13th September 2014
My eldest son, born in a kingdom, grew up in a Republic
my second, in a state of separation,
my youngest son grew up online,
wearing a headset, when I interrupt
his world with human voice
he growls in feral gnarl…..
but yesterday, the day of the demise
of Ian Paisley Snr., his seventeenth
birthday, he requested a ‘train cake;’
chocolate carefully constructed
in the shape of a locomotive,
complete with Basset-man engineer
and yellow eyes, which I reassembled
annually for seventeen years
but which he never actually sought
and he added ‘ it’s a great day to celebrate
..the day Ian Paisley died…..’
more words than he spoke all week
which set me to think…..
my eldest grew up in a republic….
Colette Nic Aodha