Just over seven years ago, while sitting in the Ferry Terminal at Larne Harbour, I jotted down the following. It's maybe time to share those passing thoughts!
Old Carrick town - my childhood home;
What memories you hold
Of days gone by, when I was young,
'Though you, already old!
Your castle, built on ancient rock,
has guarded you so well
o'er centuries of conflict;
as other bards do tell.
Within its walls I often played,
when I was but a boy;
and every time I gaze on it
my heart is filled with joy.
St Nicholas' spire doth upward point;
'minds us of God above
Who, through the Son, at Calvary,
did show to us His love.
On Fisherman's Pier I often sat -
my dad was there to watch -
but length of string, and V-shaped pin,
left me without a catch!
At Joymount end, the Town Hall stands;
its stage I knew so well
when, as a lad, I medals won -
as 'Feis' records will tell.
The Big Lamp, and the Tramway bridge,
Legg Park, and Shaftesbury, too;
the Model, and the old Barn School;
all memories hold of you.
The North Road graveyard - special place;
my parents' grave is there.
Indeed, their deaths the reason why
my visits, now, are rare.
So, in the autumn of my life,
my thoughts towards you turn;
and, for those days in Carrick town
I find I often yearn.
And 'though I live a hundred years,
or go a thousand miles;
the thought of you, old Carrick town,
will wreathe my face in smiles.
But only death can bring me back,
when parents' grave I tend;
and, on that somewhat solemn note,
my Ode to you must end.
Easter Day. April 20th 2003.