John O'Brien

[Monsignor Patrick Joseph Hartigan] (13 October 1878 - 27 December 1952 / Australia)

John O'Brien Poems

If you see a poem only with title, it is listed that way because of copyright reasons.
1. The Little Irish Mother 1/1/2004
2. The Old Bush School 1/1/2004
3. Said Hanrahan 1/3/2003
4. Tangmalangmaloo 1/3/2003
5. Could I hear the Kookaburras once again 1/1/2004
6. The Meeting 1/1/2004
7. The Kookaburras 1/1/2004
8. Six Brown Boxer Hats 1/1/2004
9. The Altar Boy 1/1/2004
10. The Presbyt'ry Dog 1/1/2004
11. Around the Boree Log 1/1/2004
12. Ownerless 6/15/2013

The Meeting

They hadn't met for fifty years, or was it fifty-one ?
They'd parted when their ship arrived their separate ways to run.
The old Baptismal Register back home in County Clare
Held both their names in faded ink, the same day written there.
Together in the parish school they conned the ABC,
Together, too, they went along to join the seminary.
Together in their long white albs with new-anointed hands
They took the yoke and sailed away to work in foreign lands;
Nor did they meet again

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