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Poetry Pleases: To Breffny

John Brian Leaver's poem expresses a profound longing for that peaceful place where morning breaks to a corncrake's call.

What would I give, now,
to be where morning breaks
to a corncrake's call,
reeded waters veiled in mist
gentle rain upon my brow

What life is this that stifles soul
where morning breaks
to a siren's call to mill and grime,
England's soot, bronchial ills,
yet its haunting fear of dole

Take me back to Old Leitrim,
before I perish here,
let my bones ease to peace
where soft rain comforts me
and life's cup is full to brim.


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