My Mother Máire Ní Ghuairim

By Sister Eileen Blathnaid Brady.

Written on 15th September 1996.

First published on 25th Mach 2024.

Before the fire
She sits.
And gazes.
Past dreams
Flicker in the flames, burn bright,
Spiral upwards,
In the smoke,
Twisting, turning, curling,
Prayer like,
From holocaust
And sacrifice.
Heaven’s gates
Receive the
burning past:
The fire of passion
The driving vision,
The forces spent.
The dying embers,
The charred remains.
The ash of swift sharp life.

Sister Eileen Brady
My Mother Máire Ní Ghuairim: Sister Eileen’s original manuscript.
Sister Eileen in transit