A Response to Omagh
All I can do is curse, complain.
Who can endorse such violent men?
As history creaks on its bloody hinge
and the unspeakable is done again.
With no peace after the deluge,
no ease after the storm;
we learn to live inside ruin
like a second home.
from Collected Poems (Gallery Press, 1995) © John Montague 1995, used by permission of the author and The Gallery Press.