Tribute to Mary Raftery

We recently received a wonderful email from Connie Roberts, an Offaly native who has lived in the USA for the past thirty years, and teaches at Hofstra University, New York.

 

Connie recently came across the press release announcing the upcoming screening of ‘States of Fear‘ which led her to sending us in a poem she had written in memory of Mary. The poem was inspired by Mary’s fond memory of climbing the stairs as a young child and falling into her father’s open arms.

 

Banister

 

i.m. Mary Raftery

 

Oh, give me a little girl

happy to rise to the occasion

 

and a smiling father

who waits with open arms

 

at the bottom of the stairs

to catch, to catch, to catch her,

 

and I’ll give you a woman,

solid as a granite banister,

 

with the nerve to change a nation.