Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Auntie Win

I was honoured to be given these flowers which had been on the table of the church at Auntie Win's funeral yesterday.

This is a poem which Neil, one of her sons, read out as part of her eulogy. He told us Auntie Win always likened herself to the child in the poem, waiting for Leerie to nod to her. Neil said she was also like Leerie himself - bringing light to everyone.

We'll miss you, Auntie Win.

The Lamplighter

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa's a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I'm to do,
O Leerie, I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light,
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him tonight!

Robert Louis Stevenson

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