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Candle of Life

One Saturday some years ago, at a market in Rokeby, a voice was calling from behind and then caught up with me. It was Shaun O’Malley at the rear that stopped me for a chat, dressed in a pair of dungaree’s and probably Irish hat. “How are you Shaun?” I said to him and in his Dublin tongue, Shaun answered with “Good to be sure”, as if his words were sung. And we chatted on the state of cows, for we’re both farmers see, then Father Carey ambling by walked up to Shaun and me. “You’re Shaun O’Malley!” Father grinned, and questioned furthermore. “Did I not marry you two years ago, to the pretty Mary Dore?” “That’s right Father” Shaun replied. “You did, it’s a day I shan’t forget”. Then Father asked “Well Shaun O’Malley. Are there any wee ones yet?” Shaun shook his head and gave a smile. “No Father, there is none at all, and the Father gave him reassurance that he will answer to their call “I’m to the Vatican come mid July, and while time off from the Pope, I will light a candle for you both to help your fertilising hope”. Shaun bowed and thanked the Father whose eyes went on a search, and then he smiled and questioned me “Do you ever go to Church?” My words they bumbled in a jumble that tried to show discretion, but in the end my soul is saved … he gave to me confession. So Shaun and I continued on with Father Carey now departed. Conversations based upon the farms, and pleased to be restarted. We talked about our Friesian calves; our heifers and our steers, then said goodbye and left for home - and that was that for years. It was at the Darnum market and with seven years between, that Shaun and I met up again where there was a different scene. He had kids behind him; kids in front; kids riding in a pram. I said, “Shaun, are these all yours?” - And he replied, “They surely am”. “Struth!” I said while thinking back. “You’ve been a busy lad, in seven years you’ve bred this tribe from the none you had”. “Ah yes,” said Shaun, “To be sure, we’ve got two sets of twins, three single births and making twelve, are our lovely quins”. And just by chance while I’m in shock and needing something strong, I hear that voice from seven years when Father Carey strolled along, ignoring all the kids around he says to Shaun soon as they met “Have you and the lovely Mary Dore produced good Catholics yet?” I gave a laugh and jumped right in “Crikey! Look around you Father Carey!” And when he did he proudly grinned “I’m really proud of you and Mary, But Shaun, my son, where is your Mary?” And Shaun replied, “She’s not about. Father, I’ve sent her to the Vatican, to blow your bleedin’ candle out!”

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 11/6/2019 3:04:00 PM
Wildly funny, Lindsay. I love the way you developed your story. Awesome, hon! Hugs, Carolyn
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Date: 11/7/2019 7:06:00 PM
Hello Carolyn … thank you Carolyn for your positive comment and I'm pleased you enjoyed the humour - Lindsay
Date: 11/6/2019 9:10:00 AM
Ha ha ha, this is a sheer delight to read. ;0)
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Date: 11/7/2019 7:04:00 PM
Hello Richard … pleased you enjoyed this tale of silliness Richard - thankyou Richard - Lindsay
Date: 11/5/2019 7:11:00 PM
just stopping by to say hi. I can't be here any longer tonight and it would take me forever to track down an older poem of yours I have not read!! Waiting for new one!
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Date: 11/7/2019 7:03:00 PM
Coming very soon Andrea. Thanks for calling in - Lindsay
Date: 11/2/2019 10:29:00 PM
One awesome poem, shades of 'Dave Allen', or could you be him in the after life...
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Date: 11/7/2019 7:01:00 PM
G'day Harry … gosh no, although I can only be in the shade of Dave Allen. What a great story teller Dave was - thanks Harry - Lindsay
Date: 10/30/2019 3:56:00 PM
Nowadays those nogood candles don't last long, Lindsay. They expect you to keep buying new ones! Enjoyed this narrative:) Regards // paul
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Date: 11/7/2019 6:59:00 PM
Hi there Paul …. I don't know how long the candles last Paul, but I think the blame is going in the wrong direction - thanks again Paul - Lindsay
Date: 10/30/2019 9:47:00 AM
Howl, what a flamin' classic, enjoyed from beginning to end, what a brilliant story teller you are Lindsay, such endearing humour, this one is going to have me laughing for a while I'm sure . . . ; )
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Date: 11/7/2019 6:56:00 PM
Hello Indiana … pleased you enjoy my take on humour. I believe that humour is a great medicine - thanks Indiana - Lindsay
Date: 10/27/2019 12:15:00 PM
LIndsay, you never fail to amaze me with your literary ability with humorous stories!! GREAT punchline!
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Date: 10/29/2019 7:26:00 PM
Hello Andrea … I'm pleased you enjoyed this piece of storytelling. I think we all need a good laugh every day - thanks once again Andrea - Lindsay
Date: 10/25/2019 3:35:00 PM
What a wonderfully witty story told in verse, Laurie. Had a great laugh at the end. We're Catholic and my brother had six children! His wife needed that trip to the Vatican. LOL Hugs, Carolyn
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Date: 10/29/2019 7:23:00 PM
Hello Carolyn … I'm pleased that you got a giggle out of this tale Carolyn, and yes, families were larger back in the early nineteen hundreds especially. These times with all the pressure seems to discourage this now - thank you Carolyn.
Date: 10/25/2019 5:45:00 AM
I am applauding this fabulous and talented write, it is beyond wonderful. The flow and the rhyme are so natural throughout and the story engages the reader in all the right ways before delivering an end giggle-kick. I adore this. (1st stanza, 4th line - I think your keyboard fudged an 'an' before Irish - hope I'm being helpful) You are talented and surely gave me a 'top of the morning' morning! Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Date: 10/29/2019 7:19:00 PM
Hello CayCay … thank you on positive comment, and with the 'an' missing before Irish I could not pick up why it should be in there, and I put it down to how we may recite differently or it added one too many syllables, however, finally I could see if there was a comma after 'dungaree's' then yes, adding 'an' is no problem - thanks for pointing it out CayCay - Lindsay
Date: 10/24/2019 7:59:00 PM
You, my friend are magical with a pen. I must Fave this. It's descriptive, humorous and a delight. Thank you. Panagiota
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Date: 10/29/2019 7:10:00 PM
Hello Panagiota … not sure about being magical, but I'm delighted that not only did you enjoy this tale, but you leave positive comments on most poems that I post - thanks Panagiota - Lindsay
Date: 10/24/2019 7:53:00 PM
This really made me laugh Lindsay. It was a fine story that kept my attention straight through but the ending was really too cute. Reminded me of my mother-in-law who was told by her doctor she would never have any children. After her sixth child she told him, Doctor, you told me I couldn't have babies and I showed you I could. Now tell me how to stop. Great story. God Bless, JB
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/29/2019 7:07:00 PM
Hello Judy … now your comment brought a smile to my face. I dare say the doctor was stammering in search of an answer - thank you Judy - Lindsay
Date: 10/24/2019 2:07:00 PM
A twist at the end of most of your poems is why they are such a delight to read Lindsay - had a good laugh with this ending! - Hugs, Jennifer.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/29/2019 7:04:00 PM
Hello Jennifer … poems where a few different situations all seem to come together with a twist at the end Jennifer is something I have worked on for a long time and it's one style I enjoy the challenge in poetry - thanks Jennifer - Lindsay
Date: 10/23/2019 10:18:00 PM
Not only is this a great yarn, but I about fell over laughing at the ending. Ggrrreeeaaat, Lindsay! ~ Still smiling, Gershon
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/29/2019 6:49:00 PM
Hello Gershon … I guess you could imagine this happening somewhere, especially at Sunday markets in the country when people come to town for a bargain - thanks Gershon - Lindsay
Date: 10/23/2019 5:16:00 PM
Nice story...
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/29/2019 6:45:00 PM
Hello Pashang … nice to meet you. It pleases me that you enjoyed my tale of silliness - thank you Pashang - Lindsay
Date: 10/23/2019 1:11:00 PM
Another great story with a delightful twist at the end, Lindsay! 'Tis a wonderful story tellin' talent ye 'ave! G'day old cobber - Bob
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/29/2019 6:43:00 PM
G'day Bob … I reckon it's great fun when we share our humorous tales with other writers on this site. You've given me a few belly laughs - thanks Bob - Lindsay
Date: 10/23/2019 12:00:00 AM
omg this is just too funny Lindsay!:-) hugs jan xx
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/29/2019 6:39:00 PM
Hello Jan … these rural Sunday markets always spring surprises don't they - catch you soon Jan - Lindsay
Date: 10/22/2019 5:57:00 PM
A Wonderful write! Aloha! Rico
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/29/2019 6:38:00 PM
Hello Rico … I think we all know a few people like these - thanks Mate - Lindsay
Date: 10/22/2019 5:54:00 PM
Funny! Being an Irish Catholic I can identify with it! :)
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Date: 10/29/2019 6:36:00 PM
Hello there Timothy … I'm pleased you got a kick out of this tale. Very easy to imagine - thanks Timothy - Lindsay