Poetry by Monica Corish, inspired by the pages of the Observer

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Will South Leitrim now be forgotten? Front­Page Headline, Wednesday October 15, 2014

Will South Leitrim now be forgotten?

Front­Page Headline, Wednesday October 15, 2014

Pluto was a planet.

For seventy­six glorious earth­years,

Pluto was up there with Mercury and Mars,

Jupiter and Saturn. And then,

On a starry night in 2006,

The International Astronomical Union voted:

Declared that Pluto was not and never had been

A planet; was merely a ‘plutoid’.

So it is for South Leitrim, far from the Sun

Of Kildare Street. To learn what fate the gods

Have in store, consult the astrology column

In the Dail Constituency Commission report:

In 2016 Roscommon will split from South Leitrim;

Will cleave to East Galway; South Leitrim

Will re­marry North Leitrim; will hand­fast with Sligo,

A sliver of Cavan, a chunk of South Donegal.

In the meantime South Leitrim is merely

A plutoid, on nobody’s list of voters to please,

Fading fast from the letterhead

Of Sun&Sons&Daughters@SolarSystemsInc.

But hold faith: Pluto has not gone away.

“A Chihuahua is still a dog,” says Alan Stern,

Planetary scientist, “and Pluto is still a planet.”

The people of South Leitrim are still citizens

Of this small, eccentric, flawed republic.

Be luminous.

Exert gravity.

Tug at the Sun.