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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

PUT THE FLAGS OUT

Put the flags out,
Belfast,
gather in the streets,
throw words,
throw poems,
in a riot of joy.

Light the beacons,
feel the comfort of fires,
the mustiness of the old,
the fresh-ink of the new,
the books, the pamphlets,
pages turned by tongue-wetted fingertips,

a new Poet Laureate
to excite and enthral,
one city, one Belfast,
poetry for all.

Put the flags out,
Belfast,
don't drown - 
wave, wave, wave.


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