Alternative Mementoes: Buzz Aldrin & John Wayne at Free Derry Corner

These alternate mementoes/artist’s view of the troubles are currently on sale as A4 prints at Checkpoint Charlie in Waterloo Street in Derry. They represent a cultural, more abstract view of Derry’s recent troubled past.  Since so many tourists are drawn here by that very thing, the aim is to give them a more relevant momento of their stay, something unique and relevant to their visit. These images also have poems attached to them. I’m hoping to publish these as part of my second collection of poems sometime soon. I’ve included the poems below as well as the image. Buzz Aldrin at Free Derry Corner lighter                             Buzz Aldrin at Free Derry Corner As Armstrong and Aldrin bounced on the moon we battled in the Bogside, a giant leap backwards as the gravitational pull of reality barren as the moon above, dragged us back to Earth   I sat, a boy, agog at the black and white flickering miracle on TV sat open-mouthed, clutching my model of Apollo watching grown men cry I bounced round the room with Neil and Buzz witness to history in the heavens while all around me, down on the ground deployments, walls and peace lines rose   And now they come like Aldrin and Armstrong the ultimate tourists drawn to those walls posing for photos, smiling at the moon REMEMBER THE ALAMO POSTCARD lighter               Recreational Rioting Oh for the days of the Derry dances With a hop and a skip And away we go   King and country Versus chieftain and tribe Happy as Larry both full to the brim With a cracker skim of a stone And the resulting scatter, laugh and rally   Oh for the boys of the King’s Own Lancers With an “Alright mate, up against the wall!” With a hop and a skip And away we go   Remember the Alamo Davy and the boys A cracker film on BBC 2 Then onto the streets Out for a throw Here’s to the days of the Derry dances With a hop and a skip And away we go

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Alternative Mementoes: Buzz Aldrin & John Wayne at Free Derry Corner

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