Paul F. McCann


Everyone ran for cover as the guns came out.
Tommy guns ripped apart Belfast’s streets and no one accepted defeat.
Opposite sides seldom met without a fiery debate,
And conflict resolution, well… nobody could ever greet.

Everyone ran for cover as a hail of bullets flew
through the bitterness of what was introduced that August night.
M16 Carbines against 303 SLR’s, Brownings, and Armalites,
Internment was the reason for the fight.

Everyone ran for cover as snipers from opposite sides
crawled like spiders on rooftops with snider mags three bags full.
Out of the line of fire fell a dawn with dead on both sides
and the body count grew until the final tally was just cruel.