In remembrance: Mary Reilly

It’s an image and a memory

Out of the long ago

Of a girl I saw out walking

A girl I used to know

I at the bottom of Shakerley Road

And she was walking home

Home from swimming practice

Hindsford was her home

 

I thought her lovely I just then

We hadn’t long changed school

Primary days were over

Important to be cool

Twelve or thirteen years of age

On the cusp of life

A bit too young at that age

To be looking for a wife

 

And I away in priestly college

So girls were off the map

Oppression for a boy so young

I pity the poor chap

But I never forgot that moment

As I watched her walking by

And a smile of recognition

As we caught each other’s eye

 

Brian Fahy

11 June 2022

 

+ Today I heard the news that Mary Reilly has died. She was a lovely girl and a very good swimmer. I don’t think we ever spoke.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: