ThePass­ing

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - HENNESSY NEW IRISH -

I can­not see an end to the col­umn of peo­ple ap­proach­ing us My mother stands in black by his head, then me, my sis­ter and brother, a line, el­dest to youngest We fall that way, a deck of cards de­scend­ing from Queen to Jack now that the King is no longer in our hands A guard of hon­our es­corts him from the church I ex­pect an av­enue of crossed swords, but all I see are um­brel­las

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