• Michael Mullins
  • Michael "The Bard" Mullin
  • "The Bard of Foremass"
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    I am a caged bird but
    The door’s flung wide
    I could fly out
    Yet I stay inside.
    A wall I’d scale
    I’d climb a gate
    To get out of jail
    For jails I hate.

    I’m my own boss
    And I do work hard
    Oft at a loss
    Or a poor reward
    For myself I work
    Though free to rest
    No thought to shirk
    Disturbs my breast

    In a cage am I
    But the door’s ajar
    And that is why
    I don’t fly far
    Were the door not so
    I’d long to roam
    But I’m free to go
    So I stay at home.

    MICHAEL MULLIN, ‘The Bard of Foremass’,
    Foremass Lower, Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone.
    Sent 17.12.47