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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The sound of sirens

Hello sirens, my old friend,
I'm on the Northside once again.
Because when I was in Clonskeagh,
a gentle quiet came over me.
Now the Northside skangers are yelling in the night,
about some shite,
amid the sound
of sirens.

In restless dreams I walk alone,
through hordes of drunken Gaa-head clones,
neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp,
when my kidney was stabbed by the knife
of some junky skite.
Oh what a fright,
amid the sound
of sirens.

And in the naked light I saw
Eighty thousand boggers, maybe more.
People drinking without speaking,
People puking and then pissing,
People throwing their shite in my front garden,
They all dared,
despite the sound
of sirens.

You fool, they said, don't you know
the Northside's full of crazy Joes.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.
But their words like silent raindrops fell,
and were lost,
amid the sound
of sirens.

And the people drink and bray,
and piss and puke outside all day.
Perhaps I should have heard the warnings,
Resident protests seem habit-forming.
And the signs say that they'll clamp you
right outside your own door,
by tenement halls,
amid the sound
of sirens.


Ella said...

oh dear, it sounds like you've had a bad experience crossing the water. Well?

JC Skinner said...

I love the northside, not surprising as I lived there previously for well over a decade.
But the transition from sleepy dormitory burb on the southside to a location where the junkies are smacking the Polish alkies about in order to get a seat on the bench on the main road near my gaff is a bit much, as is the current weekly invasions of boggers up for de Gah.
I'm thinking of investing in a sniper's nest on the roof.

Anonymous said...

You love the northside ? What a ridiculously patronising, insufferably arrogant southside numbskull. And the biggest invasion of Croke Park is by Dublin supporters. And I'm a Northsider. And I don't insult my fellow Irishmen by referring to them as 'boggers'. Some Southsiders should have been drowned at birth.

JC Skinner said...

I'm from the North, you fool.