our Primary 4 teacher lived in Newry,
Not a City in those days,
but a dangerous border town.
He had wiry hair like a blonde Afro.
world class goalkeeper for his country,
was also born in Newry.
Our man claimed to know him,
and went to school with the green giant.
We believed without reproach.
age 6 & 7, in the years of the Hunger Strikes,
born in Belfast.
I was enthralled because Pat was of another
world to kids reared in our divided times.
A symbol of hope on an island of doubt.
— The End —