Requiem for Ashling (Forever Love)
Thomas Seán Purdy
Through the muffling screens
Of news media and headlines.
But I feel the imprint of the Innocent,
Victim and daughter,
The wondrous face of Forever Love
To mother and father,
To siblings across the family table,
To boyfriend, best friends, pupils, coworkers.
Now also the face of Forever Love
To community and country.
The Innocent did not deserve
To have Evil
Share path nor street nor sky that day.
And while the surge of Humanity
Will never be enough
To fill that void left between us,
To ever hug
With enough warmth
To feel the temperature change,
We must try.
For Forever Love.
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