A LEADING local poet has penned a tribute to a well-loved artist, who sadly passed away last year.
Teri Murray of Lord Edward Street, penned the piece, which she says is “a tribute to a very good friend”.
It is in memoriam of Martin’s former neighbour Kate Hennessy, and “the many friends who have loved him.”
“He was a man from Dublin, but was a well-known artist in Limerick,” Teri says, “I knew him, and I liked him, and we were such good friends. He lived in Limerick for a long time, despite being born in Dublin. You would remember him, a big tall guy with black hair.”
Teri took four days to write the piece, a recognition of how dear the artist was to her and to the city’s arts community.
“He was a very good good man, he had a lovely manner, and was great to people He had loads of friends who were great to him too,” Teri added.
In memoriam: Martin Folan. For Kate Hennessy and the many friends who have loved him.
On afternoons when I went
Into Saint Joseph’s for a quiet prayer
Martin was there,
Standing on a plank on scaffolding
Painting the walls or ceiling.
A Michelangelo from Finglas
Closer to God then ,
Than I could ever hope to be.
On the glass, shards of a rainbow
Transubstantiated by sunlight
Into hosts of Amber, Amethyst
And Lapis Lazuli
That gathered at his feet,
Or splattered from bristles
Of a brush,on to his dark hair.
A familiar of the Architect Pugin
Fingers traced his pattern books
The designs for church interiors
Triangles and hexagons, fashioned
Into stars, bordered by gold on a page
Still bright, undimmed by time.
I miss the chance meetings
In Bobby Byrne’s shop
A coffee or glass of wine
When the evenings were cold,
Or passing his window
On a Summer morning
Always a spray of flowers on the sill
Leaves and petals
Shaking off the memory of night.
His image undimmed by the passing
Of the year, still bright, forever bright,
The wings on his white overalls,
Unfolding for flight.
This poem is part of Under a Linnet’s Wing, published by Eliza Press, available in O’Mahony’s bookshop, or through the Limerick Writers Centre at 087-2996409.