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Heavy Load by Padraig Power, age 11, from Tipperary.

Meadhb Smith writes:

“Padraig was the winner of the primary senior category of the Trocaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry competition 2013. His poem compares a school child’s struggle to carry a school bag with the struggle of a girl in Africa to carry a heavy load of water. We posted the poem [link below] as part of our Lenten campaign/Trocaire box, which this year is about the global water crisis.”


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By John Moynes

First we admit that we are powerless over literature, that our lives have become meaningless.

Then we came to believe that only a power greater than ourselves could restore us to clarity.

And so we decided to turn ourselves over to the care of an editor, as we understand them.

We made a searching and fearless inventory of our vocabulary.

We admitted to our editor, to our ourselves and to another poet the exact nature of our typos.

We prepared our poems for submission.

We humbly asked our editor to remove our clichés.

We made lists of all persons we had harmed.

We wrote verses of apology to our victims.

We continued to draft, redraft and start to write again.

We sought through reading and reciting to improve our conscious contact with Heaney, Joyce and Yeats as we understand them.

Having had a literary awakening as the result of these steps, we went to Grogan’s, and told everybody.

Pic: DublinStreets