‘Edenbray in Exile’
A Retrospective Anthology of Poetry, Articles and Essays
the HIBERNIAN ~ a wee poem
HE IS SET AN’ SURE, AN’ LAUGHIN’ TO HIS’ SEL’
HIS COAT COLLAR PULLED TITE’ ROUND HIS NECK
HIS ROOM IS COLD AND THE BOARDS R’SPLINTERED AN’ BARE
HE SENT A NOTE HAME’ TO HIS MAME IN THE ‘EMAERALD’ ISLE
‘IT’S A WEE STRUGGLE FOR A BEER AN’ A PAIR A’BOOTS MA’
BUT HE DID MANAGE A CAP TO BUY FROM HIS CHANGE
AFTER HE PAID THE MISSES’ DAVIDSON HIS WEEKLY LODGE
HE SINGS LOUDEST AT THE ‘HIBERNIAN’ ON A’ SAT-UR-DAY NIGHT’
BUT THEN MAKES SURE HE WALKS BACK WI’ ALEX AN’ ARCHIE
AN’ THAT SINCE DONALD WALSH, HE GOT PUNCHED IN THE FACE
HE CAU’GHT SITE O’ THA’ SWEET LAUREN AN’ HE SMILED POLITE
SHE RETURNED THE MOMENT BUT HE IS STILL BIDING HIS TIME
HE WILL BE OFTA’ HIS WURK ON THA’ MONDAY MORNIN’
HE’LL KEEP HIS HEAD DOWN AN’ WORK A FULL DAYS PAY
COS’ THE BHOY IS STILL DREAMIN’ O’ A BETTER DAY
BUT HA’ELL NEED PLENTY A’ CASH TO PAY FORRIT…
THIS WEE SCRIBBLE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MY DEAR RED-HEADED GRANDMOTHER ~ ADELINE WALSH WHO WAS BORN IN Co. MONAGHAN, IRELAND ~ I AM SO PROUD OF MY IRISH ROOTS – ONE DAY I WILL RETURN!
#Authors Note – Pretty self explanatory but I will attempt a personal review. I have always enjoyed listening to regional or local accents and have often used the slang of varying dialects to add character and nuance to a written piece. Their unusual vowel sounds can sometimes add cadence and interesting rhyming potential.
This piece is a cameo, an imagined thumbnail sketch of a young Irish ‘bhoy’ who has left his home and made the trip over the Irish sea on the ferry from his native and beloved Ireland to find work in this case in Edinburgh in Scotland as many young men did at times during the 19th and early in the 20th centuries in various parts of both England and Scotland.
Hibernian FC in Edinburgh began as a Social Club for Irish immigrants in the late 1800’s and this is all the necessary background needed to explain this homiletic to the life of this homesick and lonely young man I decided to write about ` whence I first a’heard that tale.
Perhaps eventually the bhoy and the young Lauren would summon up the courage to meet, court, tie the knot and raise a young family. I do hope they did and I hope ya’ love it too – If ya’ did – leave me a like now would ya? At the bottom of the page!