William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


The Roman General Agricola and the Historian Tacticus
Have left a written record that has filtered down to us
From the end of the Mull of Kintyre looking across the Irish Sea
Agricola told the historian that the Irish would stay free

Why don’t you attack the Irish there, so close across the sea?
We now occupy this Island and we’ve made the Britons flee!
Agricola had heard their legends, of their warfare history
So he told the writer Tacticus that the Irish would stay free

The Irish reputation, of their fierceness doing battle
Kept Romans back from the attack to steal the Irish cattle
Let Britons bow before Rome’s banners down on bended knee
To save our plight, there’ll be no fight, the Irish will stay free!

Author’s Note: My dad was born and raised at Lismore County, Waterford in the Irish Free State

Part 2 of a Trilogy of Irish Canadian Poems by Billy Willbond

Part 1: My People
Part 2: Some Places Must Always Remain Free
Part 3: The Canadian Irishman