Dark Days

Dublin is an anglicisation of the words dubh' and 'linn' meaning 'black pool'.

Poem extract from 'Dublin' by Louis MacNiece.

This never was my town, 

I was not born or bred

Nor schooled here and she will not

Have me alive or dead

But yet she holds my mind

With her seedy elegance

With her gentle veils of rain

And all her ghosts that walk

And all that hide behind

Her Georgian facades -

The catcalls and the pain

The glamour of her squalor

and the bravado of her talk.