what the papers said:
"A long bloodstain & a make-shift shrine mark the spot where Eamon Mcdevitt, a 24 year old deaf mute had his face blown away by an army marksman during a riot in Strabane last Wednesday. In the gutter there are still fragments of bone & shattered teeth."
a deaf mute was shot dead
for not listening to orders
soldiers said he waved
the blind crowd didn't see
they disagreed about details
but denied the official version
it happened so quick
when dumb flesh tried to speak
a gun replied
(first published in GREEN & PLEASANT LAND anthology -
British Withdrawal from Northern Ireland Campaign)
"Remember how Calvin & Luther in fury premature
Sow'd War & stern division between Papists & Protestants.
Let it not be so now! O go not forth in Martyrdoms & Wars!"
Deaf & Dumb