At your wake i touched your alabaster skin
And remembered your warm, open heart.
Walking behind your coffin on this
Freezing Dublin morning, I remembered
You as the warm fire we had gathered around
For decades. Broken-hearted your family
Displayed that quiet dignity, amidst the direst
Parting our all-too-human hearts can know.
In this stinging air, our tears reflected
All the good that love can do. Carmel
Always welcomed those who sought the refuge
Of the Gaels. She worked to give her
Children the best she had: her undying love.
But only love can break our mortal human hearts.