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Published by Brigid Walsh
A song cycle of verse what it means to live in exile whether spiritual, physical, of psychical.
A song cycle of verse what it means to live in exile whether spiritual, physical, of psychical.

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Published by: Brigid Walsh on Jul 17, 2010
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EXILEa song cycle
A land longing for its peopleSinging its songsfrom long agoSinging to itself for its people, its peopleSinging them back to the landA country crying for its keepersSuffering the wilfulWho understand it notCrying to itself for its people, its peopleCrying them back to itself Creation keening for its carersYearning for wholenessUnspoiledness againKeening to itself for its people, its peopleKeening them back to itself 
I have journeyed to a far, far countryStrangers and strangenessConfront me hereRootless and friendless in a far, far countryExisting not living No consolation hereUnsettling and unsettled in a far, far countryLonging and lonelinessFill me hereEmptiness of spirit in a far, far country No balm to sootheMy aching here No depth of kinship in a far, far country No ties of like kindTo speak to me here No strand of memory in a far, far countryTo anchor me toThe soil that is here.
Will my way of doingDie away with me?My seed of cultureWither and burn?How can I transplantThe old ways of beingFar from the country whereMy heart would return?A line of transmissionDeep out of timeBrings to the presentIts richness of life.How can I impressThe past ways of being:Confront the pastWith a new way of life?Is the present a wall,A barrier in time,Preventing the passingOf history’s tale?Can I bequeathTo my children their birthrightWhen the vessel of passageIs becoming so frail? 

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