The Road And The Miles

I have never driven for so long

Into a setting sun

Driving down from Belfast to the west

Heading down to FIvemiletown

Overnight stay there

The road ablaze in crimson light

Creation’s closing prayer


The road due west and arrow-like

The sun refused to move

Straight in my eyes the whole long way

This the final groove

Flap turned down against the glare

The yellow light still shone

Like my mother’s long life ending

She’s gone, Brian son, she’s gone


Never before never since

A light so strong and sure

Standing steady in its station

Endure the light endure

My mother’s life endured with mine

In joy and silent tears

And I am driving to the west

And calling back the years


Brian Fahy

23 October 2021


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