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Sport 43: 2015

talk about Knocknagree

talk about Knocknagree

in Knocknagree the grocer’s son
asks if I’m spoken for

and at Mass the Priest
orders my aunt to stop speaking

the other half of my family
keep their silence in the churchyard

with men who never
tied their own shoe-laces

or lifted kettles off hobs
quiet men who knew my father

and hid him south of the mountain
like my uncle

men all mahogany
and Waterford glass

men who blessed themselves
with driving gloves

when they passed men
who lived in houses

with curtains as thin as wrists