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    [post_content] => I remember her voice, soft as water,
Precipitating down on coddled heaps,
And armfuls of shawl,
Permeating skin and blood and bone
Where something still resonates within.

There was music in her words,
For they danced in jigs and reels
On an English tongue that could recall
Just enough to say her prayers.

The stress and intonation swept back
As distant as Hibernia,
To hills and loughs, to rills and creels,
Language starved mouths and countless silent tears.
She was always theirs
But we clung to her.
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He is also the 3rd prize winner in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #3. He is also a winner in the Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and a winner in the 2015 August challenge to create a poem from a character.
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He is also the 3rd prize winner in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #3. He is also a winner in the Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and a winner in the 2015 August challenge to create a poem from a character.
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Ó Éirinn

John Blackmore

I remember her voice, soft as water,
Precipitating down on coddled heaps,
And armfuls of shawl,
Permeating skin and blood and bone
Where something still resonates within.

There was music in her words,
For they danced in jigs and reels
On an English tongue that could recall
Just enough to say her prayers.

The stress and intonation swept back
As distant as Hibernia,
To hills and loughs, to rills and creels,
Language starved mouths and countless silent tears.
She was always theirs
But we clung to her.