A simple stroke of pen and ink by simple
men who failed to think
(or thinking failed to pay due heed to consequence
and future need)
has left in wake of smile and speech a lesson for our sons
of how a leader must not be: all money-mad and
For future generations cringe when thinking back upon this
of glutton-driven money greed so blind to children's children's
And every passing douring day, another dreamer fades away
poisoned progress has its way and businessmen decide our fates.
bhur nair! Mór bhur nair, ye whose pens have brought this fire!
nair! Mór bhur nair, ye who've sold the heart of Eire!
Mór bhur nair ye
ministers: who've trampled and dishonored her!
Mór bhur nair ye businessmen:
who sold her soul for silver yen!
Mór bhur nair ye Síocháin Gaurds: who've
left for dead your sacred charge!
Mór ár nair we sleeping bards: who've
withheld aoirs and blunted barbs!
Now’s no time for seeing-short, nor
These issues of both time and space: of
traveling and fair Tara's face;
Have and can be swift resolved; this
controversy can dissolve:
By listening to the people's pleas for future
Let conscience lead you, Leaders- Think! A simple stroke
of pen and ink
Can open up the Iron Road to carry families safely
And save that now embattled place, preserving Tara's sacred
To do what's right is often hard, for moneyed men will scoff and
But heroes never came to be by bowing down to money greed.
you, take the rocky road: prove your souls are yet unsold.
Save your honor
and your name; not for money, power or fame;
But simple love of doing right:
to end a wasteful, foolish fight;
And be, in darkness, yet a
Charles D. Burgess
Tara Nov 2007