a poem for Richard O’Prey
The rocky wastes of Connemara
Possess a beauty all their own,
Treeless expanses with whispering grass,
random heaps of scattered stones.
When my lungs have ceased to breathe
And my body returned to dust,
Spread my ashes in Connemara
After the day has turned to dusk,
And when the dusk has turned to night,
Look up at the myriads overhead;
Then seek the warmth of a convivial pub
And raise your cup to the countless dead.