When nougat was nugget
and Renault was Renawlt

and Ajax of Amsterdam
was said the same way

as Ajax, the all-purpose cleaner
or the fearless hero of Troy—

he who led the Greek attacks
and covered all retreats.

When Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Müller
hadn’t an umlaut to his name

and Madrid was not Real but real
and I got stuck on delicatessen

while reading Minnie the Minx
because we’d no such thing in Enniskillen,

I could have told you, all the same,
what brand of religion you were

by how you said aloud
the townland name of Derrychara—

with the hard ch of church
or aspirated and without.

Derrychara or Derraharra
that’s to say Doire Chara

meaning the oakwood of the weir.
Or, as a friend of mine suggested,

Doire Chora meaning pot,
cauldron or swirling pool.