The Ballad of The Septic Tank Tomb

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The Saint for whom the place was named
Forsook their dirty souls;
Their mother’s sin for birthing them
Now barred them from the fold.

They sat apart and cried their tears
They knew their shameful state,
As nuns who smiled at normal kids
Just stared at them with hate.

Their soup was thin, their bodies spare
And when an illness hit,
They died in sin and two per week
Were dumped into nun’s shit.

A corpse that’s illegitimate
Does not stain Holy Ground,
No coffin like the normal ones
Who lie in hallowed mound.

Another shame for Ireland’s church
Where rot is left to grow;
The nuns will now avoid your eyes
And say they didn’t know.

No pagan man or heathen maid
Would thus condemn a child,
But common sense goes out the door
When blind faith comes inside.

Those virgin Brides of Christ were blessed
They spent their lives in prayer
And all the while their feces rots
The kids who sought their care.

44 thoughts on “The Ballad of The Septic Tank Tomb

  1. You have written so well ,Mike about s topic almost to painful think about.I was told by a Jewish man that they have/had rules.Jesus could not marry a Jewish woman because he was illegitimate.Thus he could not be a Rabbi [ have to be married]
    Result… the Christian churches..
    All thCse kinds of rule are really bad.
    Congratulations for writing so well about what I would find very tough to handle.In poetic form, people will remember it better.. and so it may change our hearts

  2. keelymyles says:

    Wow, this is horrid. Not your poem, this wretched piece of history. It bothers me to no end what people have done in the name of God. Just sick. I wouldn’t want to meet God with such sin on my hands. I suppose He will deal with us all in His own way in His own time. But seriously, an excellent piece of literature here, Mike.
    ❤ ~ Keely

    • Thanks Keely, I suspect that Jesus would kick some ass if were around at the moment but churches don’t seem too worried about that (I wonder if they know something we don’t?).

      • I remember seeing the movie they made years ago about that place, watched it twice and disgusted with the Catholic church. Born and raised Catholic in a Quebec town, great grandfather is from BallyBunion, Ir but am a spiritual person now…believe in the Golden Rule.

        • Ha! Many’s the night I partied in BallyB! It’s a beach resort and great in summer. The movie you refer to would be The Magdeline Sisters (2008 I think). Dame Judy Dench stars in Philomena, currently on release. Both address the exact same issue…well, the deaths are a new layer to the ugliness.

  3. A great poem Mike. You use the rhythm and form to beautifully create a starkness that does not hide the gravity of the subject and the message. The truth will out. Great write!

  4. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    powerful thoughts Mike…an incredible read on people you have penned
    I had to turn it off…I don’t watch TV but Zoro does(my parrot) he was screeching
    so I went to see…listen to a minute and felt sick to my stomach, and Zoro was still screeching, shame a parrot is revolted by it but humans will say, “what does it matter now” how sad…I am glad I walk with Goddess…which makes me wonder what made the ones who could do such a thing, what happened that lost humanity and compassion….
    A very good read…why would you lose followers? ahhhh that truth no one want to see in their perfect faith …
    Take Care….You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose

  5. I hadn’t heard of this until this morning.
    How utterly heartbreaking that a human being was and is considered worthless without the currency of religion.
    Your poem is superbly, suitably cutting.
    A.

    • Thanks Kk and yes there seems to be a particularly unchristian conceitedness in measuring individuals by a standard that the individual has no control over and you summarize it very well.

  6. When I read this on the news during the week, it was like watching Philomena again, except this time the babies were not sold because they were not given the chance to live. Not given even dignity in death.
    And this time I am not watching it on celluloid…
    I feel (and share) the strength of emotion invested behind every word. Powerful, Mike.

  7. A sad and anger provoking revelation retold by you with great skill. I don’t think you need the warning at the beginning: anyone who is religious (and worth a damn) should be able to acknowledge religious wrongs when they occur. So I say don’t start with an apology!

    • I left the anger there from the first draft RT, I didn’t feel honest diluting it but because of it I’ll let the caveat stand (but you’re right, I’ve only lost 0.18% of my followers since posting which bodes well for the quality of my readership).

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