Poem of the Day: Paula Meehan’s “The Lost Children of the Inner City”

from “The Lost Children of the Inner City”

   History Lesson
We read our city like an open book—
who was taken and what was took.

Spelt out in brick and mortar,
a history lesson for every mother’s daughter.

Who owns which and who owns what?
The devil owns the bleeding lot! 

Earl_Street,_Dublin_(6305050889)By National Library of Ireland on The Commons (Earl Street, Dublin  Uploaded by russavia), via Wikimedia Commons

“The Lost Children of the Inner City” appears in Paula Meehan’s collection Dharmakaya and The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s PoetryShe is currently Ireland’s Professor of Poetry

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