Don't Let Us Die

Our bodies were wasting
one after the other
the madness of hunger
set brother ‘gainst brother
no clothes for the cold
no milk for our babe’s
when will help come?
I’m so cold and afraid

Though families were dying
like dogs in the street
still nobody came
still nothing to eat
burned out of our homes
too weak to stand
the future for the able
no longer on this island

My land-lord paid passage for me
he assured rations
when we put to sea
two months later, I’m weaker
my throat is burning
the food and the water
were never forthcoming

Please don’t let us die
come dry our tears
don’t turn your eyes
as we slowly disappear
don’t let us die
from hunger and disease
hear our desperate cry
don’t let us die please

TG 05

Don't Let Us Die

tracyxkeema

Galway, Ireland

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Another Irish Famine Poem, the great shame of the failed potato crop of 1847, a million people emigrated, a million died, savage and desperate times for the people of Ireland.

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