The Saddest Story
There’s a grave in Knockshegowna
not far from Rossmore town,
where a child so sweet is buried
in her snow-white angel’s gown.
Aine, she was christened,
in the parish church of Screen,
on a day that’s long remembered,
the finest ever seen.
T’was in the blessed month of June,
the summer’s longest day,
the sun so hot it cracked the stones.
the women heaped the turf
and the farmers saved the hay.
Father Paddy he baptized her,
made the cross with holy water
upon the baby’s tender head,
Jim and Ellen’s first-born daughter.
Some stories end up happy,
some beyond belief.
If men had hearts of stone or bronze
they’d not control the grief
that swept that noble parish
when the word spread like a thief
Aine’s life’s been stolen, that now I tell to you
five years from her baptism, by Europe’s Spanish flu.
My story’s told way better
by one that stands alone,
for all to be reminded,
her name writ bold upon it,
Aine’s sad headstone.
Dr Arthur Broomfield is a poet and Beckett scholar from Ballyfin, Portlaois, County Laois. His book “Ireland Calling” is available for purchase.
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