All year the flax-dam festered in the heart
Of the townland; green and heavy headed
Flax had rotted there, weighted down by huge sods.
Flax is a breed of blue-flowered plant that is often found in peat soil and bog areas. A flax-dam is the name given to the plant when it accumulates in clumps.
A flax dam is a “pond” which may be naturally occurring, or where the flax was collected by man and left to rot to obtain the fibres.
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