REQUIEM FOR MAHALIA – 15.10.15 Your eyes are opened but don’t see , even though they stare at me. You lie there in your usual place, relaxed, at peace and now that space is empty. You won’t rest no more, beside my chair or near the door, for you my girl have gone, departed, and I am left here broken hearted. You were the bravest girl I knew, and adversity had found you but to the challenge oft’ you rose and overcame, and oh how those days took played a part, but to give up – not in your heart. You can rest now – your soul’s in flight – my angel’s by God’s chair tonight.