The blog has been quiet this week and I thought I might share why.
My Grandfather is gravely ill and there is no longer anything that can be done but to make him comfortable. The doctors give him not more than 10 days.
We have gathered, said our goodbyes and now, the family waits….. torn between the hope for a quick end to his pain and the desire to put off the loss as long as possible. It is a 120 mile drive to the hospital and I expect I have held his hand for the last time. My heart breaks….
My Grandfather is my friend. I cherish the special connection we have.
There is a traditional Irish tune that I first heard played by Matt Molloy called “The Parting of Friends” (Scarúint Na Gcompánach). It is a mournful flute that plays alone and when the last note fades, there is a sense of emptiness in the silence. Many years ago, while sitting by candlelight, I wrote a few lines that the music inspired:
I play for you the parting of friends
Alone in your pale light
I write ’til none is left
‘Til we meet again….
The last note is soon to come and the candle is about to go out. I may be away from the blog for a little while…