His hands bound by rosary beads,
mouth set beatifically
by an undertaker, new to town
who laid him out in Harris Tweed
and silk-encrusted cherry wood.
The priest wrapped him in incense
and asked angels to guide him
on an uncalled for journey.
He had wished to speckle the bay
and float on her home-coming tides.
Susan Kelly is from Westport, Co. Mayo. Her work has appeared in Cyphers, Crannóg, Revival, Abridged, The London Magazine and on wordlegs.com and was short-listed for the Writing Spirit Award 2010.