Quietly Departed

Maureen o'hara quiet man John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in ‘The Quiet Man’

Technicolor dimmed today

flame, temporarily, extinguished

as titian hair and fiery eyes

 bowed, quietly, out

may the wind carry you 

once more, mavourneen,

to rise again

free in fields of emerald fire

your light

to live forever

I was saddened to learn earlier this evening of the passing of Maureen O’Hara. I had been chatting about her recently with Cole, in comments, when we each discovered a mutual admiration for this fine actress who embodied strength in the roles she played. Aged 95, she had, as the saying goes, ‘a good innings’ but I know, from my own experience, that the loss of a loved one takes no account of their age. My condolences to her family. She will be missed by them even while she lives on for the rest of us in film and was rightly crowned ‘the Queen of Technicolor’.


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    1. Mine too, Paul. I’m not often moved to write on the death of stars but she’s long been part of my life, particularly through that movie. One of my daughters is named Mary-Kate. Not after the character, I hasten to add. Catherine was my husband’s mum’s name and Mary is self-evident. So happens I was watching The Quiet Man just prior to the birth of said daughter and I woke the next day saying to my husband, ‘We’ll call her Mary Katherine if it’s a girl.’ And Mary-Kate she is. Feisty and full of vim. Beware the names we pick. 😉
      Remind me to tell you some time about boys named Joe!

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