Secret Love

I’ve been to Rome for Christmas mass

And listened to the Pope

And then I went to Sligo

To Collooney

And heard a lovely sermon

There tonight

About a girl of five years old

And a present for her dad

Which when opened was found empty

Not a thing


It’s not empty said the girl not at all

Last night I blew it full of kisses

And wrapped it tight

It’s full of kisses daddy

All for you


The daddy kept the box

All his life

To remind him of the love he found that night

When days are dark and sombre

And the cold wind at our door

He takes out that box

And gets a kiss

From that darling girl astor


Brian Fahy

24 December 2022

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