Derek Mahon quotes

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They have been waiting for us in a foetor
Of vegetable sweat since civil war days,
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And in a disused shed in Co. Wexford,
Deep in the grounds of a burnt-out hotel,
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Grown beyond nature now, soft food for worms,
They lift frail heads in gravity and good faith.
Snow is falling on Nagoya
And farther south
On the tiles of Kyoto.
Elsewhere they are burning
Witches and heretics
In the boiling squares,
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