Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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If I was us, I wouldn't start from here: Damian Gorman, Good Friday Agreement +20years

If I was us, I wouldn't start from here

Especially in a broken home like ours
Where broken doors and windows feed the cold.
Each generation has a sacred task:
To tell a better story than it was told.

For we are reared by stories in such places
Clawing through the bitter draughts of these
For something we can truly get ahold of.
It seems to help us off our shattered knees.

The kind of myth my generation supped
Was "We've got better heroes than they've got.
For ours are much more decent, to a fault.
And if we've a rotten apple, they've the rot."

Our steps are now, at best, precise and formal
Like dressage horses going nowhere well;
Our peace a thing we part-baked in the 90s
And left to prove, and got used to the smell.

And yet, even in this half-peace we are living
Where death is only half dead, I am sure
That we could learn to change our tunes completely.
But if I was us, I wouldn't start from here.

If I was us, I wouldn't start from here
For here's a swamp we've stood in for too long.
We haven't kept our heads above the water,
And haven't seen a thing, where we have gone.

And we should fly now, frightened for our children.
Kick off the bottom, rush towards the air,
And break the water into different daylight
And gasp, and say what we can see from there.

For especially in a broken home like ours
Where broken doors and windows feed the cold
Each generation has a sacred task
To tell a better story than it was told.

A story made as honey is in bees
From things that we have found outside ourselves.

The punctuation may be incorrect; I've transcribed it from the video.
Tags: poetry, world: northern ireland
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