Irish Referendum 2018

“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned”: Yeats


I saw Ireland hanging naked in the rain
dead to her faith
a miscarriage of justice
scrawled upon her skin,
death by referendum.

Why use long-fought freedom
to ape the English sin?
When “the centre
cannot hold” what is to be done?
A woman with an empty womb
hangs in a muddy sky.
The old country is not a home.

Julian O’Dea

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Maryse Usher on July 4, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Very powerful, Julian. Only an anguished Irishman could have written this.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on July 7, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Maryse although I consider myself an Australian first and foremost. But I had hoped for better from Ireland.


  2. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on July 5, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I saw posts on the internet of women flying to Ireland to vote in person. They were so proud of themselves. That same summer, Poland voted the opposite way, to restrict abortion, a break from Communist liberality.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on July 7, 2021 at 10:40 am

      Yes. It was horribly disappointing. Apparently County Donegal voted pro-life and country areas tended to as well. There was allegedly a massive amount of external funding for the pro-choice side and the elite including most of the media were pro-choice.


      • Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on July 7, 2021 at 12:33 pm

        The “external funding” part bothers me. I don’t think that it is coming from Paraguay.

      • Posted by Jack Russell on July 17, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        I am sure a lot of funding came from New England. Many lefties there supported the IRA, then were “shocked” when a bombing happened at the Boston Marathon. Even that appears to be a set up.

  3. Posted by Jack Russell on July 17, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Remember Gordon Hewson aka Bozo of U2 fame. The band supported the abortion bill, even though one time they claimed to be Christians. I guess they had to sell out to the dark side for 30 pieces of silver. Dolores O’ Riodan, lead singer of The Cranberries opposed the bill. Good on her.


  4. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on July 17, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    We need a classic French brunette.


  5. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on July 18, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Somebody else is commenting! Yay!


  6. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on August 5, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    It has been too quiet. Here’s something that people in Australia don’t have to deal with.


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