Lá Fhéile Pádraig

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 In Loving Memory:



The longer we live,

The more of your presence

We find laid down,

Weave upon weave

Within our lives.

The quiet constancy of your gentleness

Drew no attention to itself,

Yet filled our home

With a climate of kindness

Where each mind felt free

To seek its own direction.

As the fields of distance

Opened inside childhood,

Your presence was a sheltering tree

Where our fledging hearts could rest.

The earth seemed to trust your hands

As they tilled the soil, put in the seed,

Gathered together the lonely stones.

Something in you loved to inquire

In the neighborhood of air,

Searching its transparent rooms

For the fallen glances of God.

The warmth and wonder of your prayer

Opened our eyes to glimpse

The subtle ones who

Are eternally there.

Whenever, silently, in off moments,

The beauty of the whole thing overcame you,

You would glaze quietly out upon us,

The look from your eyes

Like a kiss alighting on skin.

There are many things

We could have said,

But words never wanted

To name them;

And perhaps a world

That is quietly sensed

Across the air

In another’s heart

Becomes the inner companion

To one’s own unknown.

(John O‘Donohue: ‘For A Father’)

‘Oh Danny Boy’

MandT & O’Bodhi Madadh

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