And you listen to good music,
And the people on the streets walk on by,
And the lyric rhymes nicely with the side of supper
You might have chosen once – but had to let go, sly.
And the stealthy ones are them; or so you suspect.
But it’s OK, because
If what you wrote is any good, in any way,
At least when you’re dead
Your kids will be proud of you.
And it doesn’t matter if you hurt whilst it happens
Because if there is worth,
There is reward –
Even if the reward is only for them,
That time, I mean, when you’re dead.
And the people on the street walk on by,
And the younger folk clasp hands and love,
And later probably sigh,
In the evening of basking Belfast:
The Belfast you finally met.
And so maybe you’re a fool,
And maybe you were a tad ill, after all –
Some time after the walls you built,
And they built,
And more particularly she built,
And – truly! – we all built;
But that time is no longer.
And the wrongs you survived
Have revived your truths,
And made you the man that becomes
The futures you will be.