Can you hear the children singing?

God bless the Irish people
who were buried out at sea
tipped out of coffin ships
on their way to Liverpool

May their spirits rise from their bones
strewn on the ocean floor
re-membering their beauty
in song

May we listen beyond the silence
and hear the childrens' voices
singing in Gaelic over the waves
'A mhatharin an ligfidh tu chun aonaigh me'
(Mother can I go to the Fair).

By Maire Malone