Poetry

Patrick McCauley: Without the Use of Your Hands

Without the Use of Your Hands   (In Ireland, the English Lords outlawed the Celtic language and made the citizens dance without the use of their hands—a bodily discipline imposed to avoid assassinations by Irish patriots who refused to speak in English locked in a cultural inheritance.)   Ned Kelly’s driving the Great Ocean Road as fast as he can go there’s a BBQ on Australia Day and his frock is getting strange.   Dance; without the use of your hands. Dance with only your legs and your head, your arms held straight at your sides. Dream of your people…

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