The Newspaper Man.

The Newspaper Man.

Poem Courtesy of Thurles Author & Poet, Tom Ryan ©

The little bespectacled man,
With the heavy newspaper bundle,
Under his arm,
Carried Indo, Press and Herald,
The news of the time,
To terrace, road and street,
Door to open door,
In all the frost and snow and rain,
All the long year round,
To our small town.
He magically brought
Disasters, Curly Wee and Gussie Goose, Rip Kirby,
Crosswords, Sports, Cartoons-
And a myriad things besides,
To talk about and do.
To pass the easy-going times, as were in it then.
To give us a break from radio.
I hear of laptops from journalism colleagues now,
The technology of distribution-
All in the times, I own,
But Paddy Hickey, flesh and blood,
Walked them hard streets for years,
To meet his deadline.


Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


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