Never forgetting the @tuambabies
[Written in reaction to the 2014 candlelight vigil held in Galway’s Eyre Square which also coincided with a Justice for the Tuam Babies march on the Dáil. A test excavation at the former mother and baby home in Tuam is being held today]
Between the saplings’ peeling bark,
black iron rails impale the playground –
an easel for the unnamed dead.
Septic pit burials.
Numbers 1 to 796.
White paper garland, spinning and
Paper babbies ring ‘round the iron bars
Hand-in-hand they encircle.
Ring-a-rosy beneath the posies
Wave and flutter
Whispered rustles on a summer evening breeze
Paper pulp on a black iron fence
They shake and shimmy
Hand to hand
Tip to tip and
grip to grip.
796 paper babbies