TARA OF THE KINGS

 

WE MET AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

WHEN EVERYTHING STOOD STILL

HER SLOPING AWAY LIKE ISEULT

LEFT ME OVER THE HILL
 

I RAISED THE CHAMBER IN THE MOUND

THE OAK-FRINGED SACRED SPRING

THAT FEEDS THE STREAMS THAT RUN AROUND

TARA OF THE KINGS
 

SHE WAS THROUGH WITH CARBON DATING

STAKEHOLDERS WITH NO HAIR

SHE WAS THROUGH WITH MONSTER MEETINGS

IN FLATS OFF PARNELL SQUARE

SHE WAS THROUGH WITH CROWNED AND UNCROWNED

YEW TREES WITH COUNTLESS RINGS

THE DITCH THAT USED TO RUN AROUND

TARA OF THE KINGS
 

COULD WE WHO ENDURED THE PENAL

AND EDWARD POYNING’S LAWS

(NEVER MIND THE BEEF TRIBUNAL)

NOW SOMEHOW BE IN AWE

OF A ROAD RUNNING THROUGH THE GROUND

ON WHICH STOOD OUR ALTHING

AND NOT ENSURE IT RUN AROUND

TARA OF THE KINGS?
 

WE KNOW THE STONE OF DESTINY

WAS SET UP IN THIS SOIL 

NOW THE SOLDIERS OF DESTINY

ARE SET TO BANK THE SPOILS

AND LEST THEY WISH TO BE RENOWNED

FOR RAPE AND RAVISHING

THEY’LL NOT GIVE US THE RUNAROUND

ON TARA OF THE KINGS
 

WE’RE FATED TO BE REMEMBERED

AS SPOILERS OF THE DEAD
 

AND THOUGH WE SEEM QUITE UNHAMPERED

BY HONOUR OR BY DREAD

YET WE ARE DREAD- AND HONOUR-BOUND

TO OUR UNBORN OFFSPRING

TO ENSURE THE M3 RUN AROUND

TARA OF THE KINGS
 

Paul Muldoon.