Saturday 10 February 2018

Breaking Silence

At 5am on June 13th 2012 Hanna Sheehy Skeffington smashed windows in Dublin Castle in protest at the exclusion of women from the voting process in Ireland. Follow links below for background story.


Her slippered feet made no sound
On the cobbled ground of Ship Street
Where windows hung still -curtained in sleep
Where no one saw or heard her creep

The Castle must have held its breath
Following her furtive progress
Recalling other dawn raid forays
Sixty Longships bent on glories

Stick armed, like them, she raised her arm
Shattering Dublin castle windows
Shaking dust from imperial curtains
Breaking the clipped tongue of women's silence

Copyright with Cathy Leonard 2018

1 comment:

  1. I saw books about the Irish suffragettes in the window of Hodges Figgis. I must read those links!!