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    The Meaning of Fireworks

    Da laid out in the front parlor: his father at the last, pasty-faced
    in an oak coffin with brass handles; O'Malley, his son and heir,
    thought the practice barbaric, if not blooming bloody outrageous

    -- but 'twas the way of the old country: expected if not
    always amenable to modern taste; O'Malley the priest expected
    to accept all the old rigamarole like a jolly old boy: the good son.

    He'd been exiled among the Indians of the Americas, become foreign
    to the ways of Sligo, although he'd slid into the place between showers
    to share the old man's final moments, his final torments -- hallelujah.

    And so, now, as Da is lowered into the clammy, earthworm soil below
    the brooding headland of Benbulben, orange montbretia raked by rain,
    O'Malley remembers the fireworks tableau the Mestites had rigged up


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    to celebrate the death of the guerilla Delgado -- crude papier maché
    figure, a piñata for their hatred; yellow catherine wheels whirled
    as red and blue skyrockets streaked skyward: death forever glorified.

    Christopher T. George

    The O'Malley Poems
    Christopher T. George
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    This must be good, if only because it left this reader wanting more... And some reference to context beyond what exists internally.

    P.S. Dare I ask: is it a parody?

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    Thanks, Lil. No it's not meant to be a parody. If you look at the URL I gave below the poem, you will see that I have a whole series of poems about Father O'Malley. Go to The O'Malley Poems.

    All the best

    Chris
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