A few lines written in March, following the loss of the crew of Rescue 116 at Black Sod, Co. Mayo.
On Monday last I heard your sound you in sky and me on ground, on the phone, chatting with a friend wondered where your journey’s end?
Someone somewhere was in need prayed you’d reach them with due speed and from the sky you’d hover low to help the stricken ones below
The sound was loud as you crossed Mayo I prayed God’s blessing as you’d go a fleeting wish that you’d be blest and to ones troubled you’d bring rest
An hour later I went to bed your journey then had left my head a few hours later the story broke as to a new day I awoke
Helicopter missing near Black Sod; Could it be them? I asked my God is that the one that passed last night to ease another’s troubled plight?
And yes it was or so it seems in a world shattered by broken dreams In lives laid down, you gave your all in answer to another’s call
Your photos now before our gaze friends and family offer tear-filled praise and the loss they feel is ours too for as a nation we mourn you
How could you as crew have known the destiny to which you’d flown but know this now and for evermore your memories in our hearts we store
To Dara, Paul, Ciarán and Mark who flew that night into the dark know this day, you gave your best in God’s hands we leave the rest. VS – March 2016
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