BBC HomeExplore the BBC

11 July 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
Get Writing NI

BBC Homepage

BBC NI Learning

 

Get Writing NI


Writers Showcase

Established Local Writers

Local Writing Legends

Competitions
Resources
Events


The Book of Irish Writers

Rhythm & Rhyme

Study Ireland












Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 
Writers Showcase
Pen
Mike Boyle

I am from Drummuck near Maghera. I attended Trench Belfast in the mid-1960s and Seamus Heaney was one of my teachers. I am now working on a new play about N.Ireland in 1956. Would you believe it that as a "nipper" I was a Christmas Rhymer in South Derry and that then a few years later I took part in the famous mummering tradition of Newfoundland?

Before the First Ball by Mike Boyle

 

Our stadium of the light-a stony front street

With the byre and army hut as goal posts.

No stands or crowds –only broken concrete

Did we exist at all? Or were we hidden ghosts.

The battered pig's bladder floated upwards

Disturbing nesting swallows. No whistles

And the World Cup has started. The ball is

amongst the clutching hands, feet and heads.

Difficult to control like a balloon wanting to be free

During the Christmas rhyming that year

Our Johnny Funny collected the money in

Old Aunt Cassie's frying pan.

We had three pounds fifteen and six.

Enough for a new leather O'Neill's number three.

And we never used a pig's bladder again.

 


COMMENT
What do you think of this piece? Email getwritingni@bbc.co.uk
Please enclose the title of the work and the name of the author.

The BBC will display as many of the comments as possible on the page of commented work but we cannot guarantee to display all comments.



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy