Poetry | Home for the funeral

In memory of our friend Ciarán Duffy

Reverting to type we talk as in the long ago
Schoolboys meeting outside the church
Here for the reason – get cancer off our back

Girls with children now – all move in or out
Of the area – children come back to school
Where it all started from – you have homework

Done – don’t mind me I will sit and listen – catch
A flavour of Toronto – New York – Thailand
Journeys begun and finishing – once again

John O’Malley is a poet and a father.