I was not there to see it
As his broad black back,
In sunshine and showers,
Turned on the creased bronzed shoulders
Of the gurning, arch-browed statue
And walked up the white steps
Of some biblical temple in his mind.
I wasn't there to see the shake in the deputy's hand
Though I was the first and last grain of sand.
I could not have seen
For I have no eyes to see, no ears to hear,
No heart to feel or brain to understand.
I speak to you now as sunlight dappled on Cavehill
Through the stolen hours left by mortal souls to kill
I wafting over Enniskillen on across the tepid water
I am in a schoolyard fight; I'm someone's son, someone's daughter.
You can hear me in the stoppage in a widowed husband's speech
But I don't share his desperation, I don't beg, I can't beseech.
No I wasn't there to see the shake in the commander's hand
For time is an even flow for you it's hard for you to understand;
I'm the past and I'm the present and in the shaking there was I and
It took all of me to die.
I don't feel any pain
And I was there again in the cameras flashing
Over and over.
I am the rested hand now of a dial
Never more to click,
Just to sit.
No I was not there to see it
I was hid behind a wall by the shores of Carlingford Lough;
I was cradling my rifle'
I was in a state of shock.
I was looking at my father as he held me midst the dust
And the darkness started tumbling
And the pin of light just bust.
I was wearing red and black across the border to a game.
I was not yet born in Omagh;
I was still without a name.
That is why I couldn't be there,
Why I have no mouth to blame.
No I wasn't there to see it I'm untroubled and at rest;
But some remnant of me sensed it,
and wished it all the best.
By Sean Mullin
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