The Chronicles of a People
From the burning ashes of a Clonard Street is where I trace my own. Not fifty yards across the wall my blood runs blue as well. The red brick walls and darkened halls where secrets never met. For fear a neighbor lent his ear to something he'd regret.
To the sharpened steel and concrete wall that separate our minds. Where the language of indifference knows never to be kind. The towering church that rang its bells in a panicked cry for help. Drew boys and girls in fearless hordes, through the smell of burning felt.
Near fifty years of blood and tears, some said we'd never learn? To put the past behind us and embrace another world. But Belfast streets refuse to give its secrets of the past. With the unrelenting notion that the die's already cast. My truth is mine and yours is yours, no need for compromise. When a monopoly of victims can hide a thousand lies. When pain and years of suffering is just reserved for some. The ones we leave behind us will not escape the gun.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Government & Politics • Peace • Wars, Non-US.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vol. Tom Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Clonard Martyrs (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Civilians Murdered by Loyalists and British Forces During the Course of the Conflict (about 90 meters away); The People of the Greater Clonard (about 90 meters away); Bobby Sands MP (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Séamus Mac Roibín / Seamus Robinson (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Michael O'Dwyer, Paddy Loughran, and Pat McBride (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Fall Road Carnegie Library / Leabharlann Carnegie na bhFál (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Also see . . . Bombay Street - Taken from the Ashes: Unique photographs of Belfast 1969. (Submitted on June 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.