Vivid Faces

I found it at a parish jumble sale

Vivid picture of Alfred on the cover

A Ladybird book brilliant brilliant stuff

History how to learn it best way ever


Now today another vivid picture

Mosaic in a field of Rutland clay

Roman villa now revealed in splendour

What style they had there then back in the day


And pictures of old Ireland aplenty

Arrive by post my sister’s calendar

Annual reminder of my forebears

Scenes of Ireland Cliffs of Moher there


And pictures in my head remain aplenty

Of days I spent on Mayo’s western shore

Faces of my people gone before me

In hope of heaven we walk towards that door


Brian Fahy

30 December 2021


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