Francis Duggan

When Last I Met Colette Hickey - Poem by Francis Duggan

When Last i met Colette Hickey she was with her sister Clare
At the Normandy Hotel in Clifton Hill they were free of any care
Their spirit of adventure had brought them far south of Millstreet Town
To the City where old Yarra ever flows in cloak of brown

They did seem very happy for to meet a fellow from Millstreet
But sadly i remember them i never more did meet
Our journeys in life did take us to places elsewhere
It is a very big World the big World out there

A long way south of Duhallow even by air
For Clare and Colette of the ginger curly hair
But going back the years this now seems long ago
And time as we know becomes everyone's foe

In two decades and seven years many of the babies back then
Are nowadays the parents of the future young women and men
And memories are all we have left of the what used to be
Of people we knew never more for to see

Meeting Clare and her younger sister Colette a memory for me to enjoy
I see on her death notice that she lived and died in Fermoy
From Millstreet Town not a long journey by car
Far nearer to there than the Normandy Hotel Bar

By Cashman's Hill in St Mary's her last remains lay
And in her passing she is grieved by her family and friends today
From life's cares for all of us a final release
The beautiful Colette may she now rest in peace.

Topic(s) of this poem: people

Form: Verse

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 6, 2017

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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