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Wednesday 17 January 2018

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‘To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery’, goes the line by the poet Baudelaire, ‘my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches’ (Stock picture)
‘To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery’, goes the line by the poet Baudelaire, ‘my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches’ (Stock picture)
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

'To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery', goes the line by the poet Baudelaire, 'my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches'.

I visited my parents' grave the other day in their lonely cemetery. It was a lovely sunny day.

In the distant corner of the cemetery I noticed what appeared to be a funeral with a large number of people.

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