Family Warmth


I wear a coat my brother gave to me

A flat cap – Foxford Woollen Mills –

Our Tricia picked for me

A warm scarf round my neck

That Sheila sent to me

Dressed in sibling finery

I’m as warm as warm can be


We were a close-knit family

Four children Mum and Dad

And collie dog for company

Best dog I ever had

A council house to shelter us

Our school not far away

Our childhood days were happy ones

That’s where foundations lay


Four of us we get along

Yet different from each other

That’s enriching not a curse

Two sisters and two brothers

And when I go out for my shop

The siblings keep me warm

With coat and cap and woollen scarf

I’ll never come to harm


Brian Fahy

3 March 2022

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