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 once upon a time

Tapestry or travesty of British guilt?
This quilt, woven in love, with pride and tears in each stitch
Embroiders all the murders committed by institutional  intransigence.
Never again shall such a quilt be woven.
Not by the people of nationalist Belfast
Because never again shall such injustice be allowed on Irish streets.
Each patch on show depicts a life unforgotten.
 Herein the dedicated fighters and the innocents are interwoven
Each thread woven into the fabric of the quilt asks for civil rights.
One life, one time, stolen away
Why where they deigned to be wrong instead of right in face of british injustice?
Today this mighty quilt hangs vibrant,
Each patch of colour reflecting all the true men and women who gave their lives,
In order that today we, who traipse past it, can bask in democracy.
This very emotive quilt asks no more than this 
The remembrance of  what was and could be again.
Unless we firmly state 'never again' will we forget the travesty
That this tapestry represents. 'Murder condoned by statehood.'

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