Michael Nolan (b. 1950, in Dublin) recently retired from a lifetime spent in education. He was Principal of a Jesuit Special School for nearly the last twenty years of his teaching career. He also studied Law and was called to the Irish Bar. He has lifelong interest in writing and literature.
When will I say “say die”,
I keep saying te meself.
“It’ll be as if I fall in love forvever again”
or as me brother says” fall asleep forever ! ”
Me Father said” Aah!,” can’t wait te be up in Glasnevin
with the soft rain patterin’ down on me forehead
and the daisies growin’ up through me toes.”
Me Mother is alive, 91, ( says “We’ll see”.),
not bothered with death
sleeps like a new born babe,
lives each day as if it was her first.
Me sisters have their own families,
fiercely protectively of their
true knowledge of it all.
Me children are too young to notice,
doing their doings as it is always done..
So it is left to me to tell you death,
“and death thou shalt be no more
death thou shalt die”