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Corn market Belfast

Where the gallows once stood 
and souls met their demise.

Where the gatherings scowled
and dead eyes met the ground.

Where the guilty paid homage
as corruptness prevailed.

Where divinity withered 
and turmoil was praised.

Where the merriment beamed
as they killed in his name.

A preacher now rants pon' 
these cold bricks of shame.


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  1. Date: 3/29/2010 12:29:00 PM
    Clever, metrical, historical. Loved it.

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 1:38:00 AM
    All manners of crimes where heiniously treated in the name of the law and the holy bible .. Irish nationalists were subjected to brutality leading to their execution for opposing the british. Also two midwives whom were suspected as witches were hanged on this spot. Countless others were also flogged, humiliated and murdered on this hallowed ground used present day for shopping and hearing the good word as some call it. Latter day christians should of adhered to the REAL teachings of JC

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 1:22:00 AM
    Well Corn market present day is a thriving facet of Belfast city centre and bears a number of high street names and is often a place inhabited with street evangelists and youth outreach teams. In 1901 an infamous prison was built on belfasts crumlin road where the death penalty was carried out until early 1960's. Before 1901 corn market was known as 'the shambles' and people watched hangings and floggings as a form of entertainment. It was used in this way since the 1700's.

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 11:10:00 AM
    corrupt? tell us more of the story, very historical sounding.

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 8:53:00 AM
    very nice write loved it faleshia

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 8:14:00 AM
    Excellent write Stephen - Captured rather nicely considering the subject matter lol - I enjoyed this a lot - Thanks for sharing -:)