• Michael Mullins
  • Michael "The Bard" Mullin
  • "The Bard of Foremass"
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    ‘twill soon be Spring in Uladh
    ‘Twill soon be spring in Uladh:
    But I shall not be near
    To hear cuckoos declaring
    The name they’re proudly wearing
    A name to children dear.
    O happy cuckoo tourists!
              I exiled, envy you
    Your trips through dell and valley
              Where, a child, I used to dally
    Hoping to hear “Coo-coo”.
     I’ve been so long from Uladh
    I fear when I return
    I’ll seek in vain old faces
    Of old friends in old places
              The friends for whom I yearn.
    I fear I’ll be forgotten
    By all except a few
    On entering every dwelling
    I’ll cuckoo-like be telling
              My name to neighbours new.
    Foremass Lower, Sixmilecross. Co. Tyrone.
    Dublin and Cork
    8th March ‘59