What moved them to throw caution to the wind
To break out of committee room and bar
Ignoring those who warned this was too far
Those who later condemned and said they'd sinned
What fearsome lightning their resolve confirmed
To face artillery and armoured car
What deafening thunder what shooting star
Incited rebellion, what fire that burned
In brave Irish hearts in nineteen sixteen
To seize the post office in Sackville Street
So that freedom's flag from far might be seen
What great passion did lethargy defeat
Generations later still we wonder
What valour tore oppression asunder.
from my collection 'A Terrible Beauty' 2016.