John F. McCullagh

(09/28/1954 / Flushing)

Prince Liam the Brave


Young Liam loved Orange
and liked to wear ties.
To his firehouse friends
He was one of the guys.

He had his own locker
a slicker and hat.
He also had cancer,
and a bad one at that.

From early on in his life
he fought neuroblastoma;
An invasive tumor
a metastatic carcinoma.

His family who loved him
labored to save
their dear little child
Prince Liam the Brave.

He faced surgery bravely,
engaged in his fight..
He endured radiation,
Chemo and knife.

When many a New Yorker
complains about stress,
Prince Liam was stoic
When put to the test.

Then just before Christmas
he had a relapse
He became neutrapenic-
His immune system collapsed.

With blood in his urine
And a spot on his lung
Liam grew weak.
his defenses undone.

An Amethyst stone
he received from a friend -
his talisman of hope
that he held to the end.

There are brave fire fighters
Who’ll be fighting back tears
Brave Prince Liam has died,
He lived only six years

There are many old people
still avoiding the grave
Who know less about love
Than did Liam the brave

We will gather together
In St Francis’ nave
To remember the life of
Prince Liam the brave

Submitted: Thursday, February 10, 2011
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