The Easter Rising 1916: Dublin and Rodborough Common

The conifers on Rodborough Common can appear incongruous:
A solitary copse on the thin soil above the Cotswold limestone;
Their dark trunks dominate the sky-scape,
The stunted trees shrouding the light,
Like men in front of a firing squad.

They were planted to commemorate the visit of Lord Baden-Powell,
Arch-imperialist, hero of Mafeking,
Leader of the boy-scout movement;
He was here on Easter Day 1916,
Unaware that the sun was about to set on the empire,
When James Connolly sat in the shrouded light:

A man tied to a chair in front of a firing squad.