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He was seven and I was six, my Brendon Gallacher.
He was Irish and I was Scottish, my Brendon Gallacher.
His father was in prison; he was a cat burglar.

Poem

Dada taught me cards.
Sitting in his suit of pants and vest.
A fistful of joker-red hair strewn across his brow.
His big belly like a cannon ball.

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Dada has stories from Calcutta
wrapped up in his big belly.
When he belched they would unravel.

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Billy chased me round the playground
with hands full of fists

Billy yelled at me across the football pitch
with a mouth full of stings.

Jennifer Watson
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When Harry went away
he stole a part of Mum.
No-one warned us. 
No-one said.
We looked and looked for ages – 

Poem

It's New Year, 1979, at Funderland in the RDS in Dublin. 
In the cold calculation of the January air, a young girl tries to talk 

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I like to stay up
and listen
when big people talking
jumbie stories

I does feel
so tingly and excited
inside me

But when my mother say
“Girl, time for bed”

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Once everything was big
and you were small,
but year after year your shadow 
crept up the wall 
and you grew tall.

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Let me do it, let me do it
Let me blow up the balloon
Let me do it, let me do it
Let me go to the moon

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I told a whopper, a fib, a lie.
Slipped out of my mouth. It was slimy, sly.

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