For September's Poem of the Month, I have chosen the poem  Irish Hunger by Helen Soraghan Dwyer.  It is taken from her new collection Beyond.


There’s a great hunger
Bred in our bones

Hunger for freedom
For eight hundred years

Hunger for food
In the Famine

Hunger for peace
In the Troubles

Hunger for money
When we were poor

Hunger for comfort
In Celtic Tiger times

Hunger for justice
When some priests let us down

Hunger for accountability
When bankers sold our sovereignty

And hunger for leaders
To bring it all home.

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