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Forgotten Stories

1950s' Dublin: two girls sit silently on an open-backed bus,

Winter coats draped over their laps so that the conductor,

Sauntering downstairs to collect their fares, will not notice

The tiny infant's coffin cautiously concealed on their knees:

The wooden box their hands cradle with covert tenderness,

En route to Glasnevin Cemetery's unmarked angels' plot.

The journey never revealed to future husbands or children:

The journey they never dare refer to, even with each other:

This ache that might have allowed daughters to decipher them:

The unutterable weight of that small box carried to their deaths.

A Blessing of Remembrance took place in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin at the Old Angels Memory Garden last Sunday at 3pm

Sunday Independent