On Account

By Mary Ida Kelly

 

Left on deposit within these walls

Youth...womanhood...motherhood...

Hopes...dreams...dignity...

In exchange...helpless humiliation

And a void that could never be filled.

No interest shown on this account...

Only blind indifference to it’s cost.

Laundering done here ...souls not money.

January...deposit account opened for two

Closed as one...minus 50% heart

50% left on deposit...withdrawn by direct debit...

Birthdays...Mother’s Day...Christmas Days.

That “May Bush fling” cancelled her young life

No way she could ever have been his wife.

Cast a cold eye on this .....Place

See not just its bank facade...

Before the metamorphosis...

Stood Fortress Walls...behind where...

So many Young Lives froze!!!!

 

(Written on seeing the new Anglo Irish Bank, College Road, Galway

once The Magdalen Laundry dedicated to all who “entered” there

and were never the same again and those they had to leave behind!!)