Saturday, August 2, 2008

Casting the first shot putt

In Ireland, its the travelling community,
In Britain its the Muslims and the Blacks.
Discriminated ‘gainst with great impunity,
Legislation papers over cracks.

In every country there is a minority
That isn’t treated quite like all the rest.
Despite flamboyant efforts of authority,
They always seem to end up second best.

Always it’s been thus from the beginning,
Tibetans don’t exist out there alone.
So let all those who are not prone to sinning
Go and cast the first Olympic stone.

Seamus Brennan

I don’t think I’ll break with tradition.
I will not speak ill of the dead.
Poor Seamus was some politician.
And that’s all that needs to be said.

Whatever my personal viewpoint,
(I’m just a mere critical knave)
It isn’t worth making a new point
‘Bout someone so fresh in the grave.

In life, I was always quite critical –
It serves little use to deny it –
But now one should not be political.
‘Tis seemlier now to keep quiet.