(June 15,1942 / Aravayal, karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, South India)

Heaven Was Always Waiting For You

You lived like a bird in full song
With a comforting and kind tune.
There were tough times when you became a wife,
Getting used to stony silences,
Trying to weave a peaceful life,
Your loving nature steered a course,
Away from cruel strife.

Always in your thoughts was your childhood home of Carrick,
In the rolling landscape of County Offaly,
Happiness came easily with your seventeen brothers and sisters,
Picking wild blackberries and loganberries while walking back from school
Across the fields,
Hungry for your mother's home cooked meals,
Trees majestic, bluebells, snowdrops and primroses,
Delicate and strong peeping through the long grass,
Even on misty days, there was always sunshine,
Reflecting from the heart of just a lass.

Tears flowed forever when your beloved mother departed,
Memories that later you would lovingly chart.
Charles waltzed into your life and was the leading part,
Handsome with charm he hid dark demons,
Switching from warm words to unkind,
Hard days with painful joints to endure,
You fought a battle with a smile so pure.

You were in our lives from the start,
I remember you loved the colour blue
Wearing elegant dresses with a shiny brooch,
Looking after us all, enjoying reading and writing long letters,
A nanny couldn't be better.

Blue round eyes soaked in truth and your roots,
You gave all the good that was deep inside of you,
You lived a life so true
Heaven was always waiting for you.

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