‘Not In My Name’, is a poem written by 24-year-old Connor McConnell upon learning of the death of Lyra McKee. A native of Derry’s Creggan Estate, Connor currently resides in London.
‘Not in My Name’
I sat looking out my window
At a town I loved so well
Never in my wildest
Could I see how far it fell.
A trigger pulled, a city in grief,
How completely senseless, are these beliefs?
Brainwashed teens, gunshots fired,
A woman dead, widely
Sickened, disgusted and hurt to my core,
I can’t bear the heartbreak of Derry anymore.
I’m a man in London, missing my family and my friends.
But I will not come home, until this violence ends.