Oisin

Written in June 2015. Inspired by the Early Modern Irish text, Duanaire Finn, in which St Patrick confronts Oisin, son of Finn MacCumhaill, and tries to convince him to embrace Christianity. Oisin is unimpressed by his faith, by church bells, by the idea of heaven, because he's still mourning his father and the fianna, now dead and -- according to St Patrick -- in Hell. The life he once lived is gone and Oisin, the last representation of a lost world, grieves for it. This poem represents Oisin's refusal of St Patrick's ministry.

Oisin

Do not ask me to sing hymns.
I left my voice in a battle
and the shouts of violent death;
I have not found it again.

Do not chime your bells for me.
I am deafened by the hunt
and the calls of the horns;
I will not hear again.

Do not pray for my salvation.
I have left my soul behind
in the hell of my father;
I have no plans to abandon him.

The End

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