Thursday, December 12, 2013

Walter Scott, 1916

I read in the paper today that Walter Scott 
died in Dublin in nineteen-sixteen;
he, and thirty seven other children,
playing, out of windows peeping,

picking through the Rising's debris,
or cradled in a mother's embrace
were caught in the hot breath
of the grown-ups' debate.

They used gunboats, Gatling-guns, 
rifles, and revolvers to develop
their arguments. Walter, 
aged eight, was walking to the shop

with his mother when the bullet found
him; he died, days later, from the festering wound.

(see the Irish Times report on this here)


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