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and to think i saw it on floyd terrace

Tim Martin's Sonnet Project

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Train From Tyrone

The Train from Tyrone

i never bothered speaking
politics in my Irish neighborhood
they say in the mother tongue
it is unwise to evoke
baseball, god & parentage
do not make direct eye contact
as any man in exile
will tell you to disclaim the past
be appropriate to your geography
never utter a language you lost
what happens to a genetic code deferred
does it forget itself
like a car bomb
or does it explode?

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