The Race is Over

A Poem by Noela Frawley

Archbishop Daniel Mannix

Archbishop Daniel Mannix

The Race is Over

Melbourne Cup Day             November fifth 1963
Gatum Gatum wins
ridden by Jimmy Johnson

Mum’s favourite jockey

……………………………………………..Archbishop Mannix lies dying
……………………………………………..in his cold bedroom at Raheen
…………………………………………………a single bar heater gives no comfort
……………………………………………..four months less a day
……………………………………………..short of a hundred

It’s Guy Fawkes Night
sparklers, crackers
………….bought at newsagents
…………………..colour sky purple silver green
…………………..even a Catherine wheel

………………………….then darkness

Death’s angel
is beckoning Doctor Daniel Mannix

……………………..Calwell visits as Point of View Sanataria exits
…………………………………..at five twenty-five next Melbourne morn
………………………Mum’s Irish hero gone
………………………………….her Dadda lauded Dan’s 1916 and 1917 anti-conscription stance
………………………She told us Mannix put Irish Catholics on the map

 

No Dublin See for Daniel        still a cardinal in waiting
Black velvet sky    black velvet sky

Nola Frawley is a Melbourne Poet.