Lightning over Sydney

(In memory of Noel Leo Hall de Mestre 1928 – 2007)

You never heard the thunder over Sydney
Didn’t see lightning strike this town
But you never lost your sense of wonder
Even when your body had let you down

Won’t you
Wave from the breakers
As you
Swim out from the shore
Wave from the breakers
‘Til we can’t see you any more

I’d never hugged a man until I met you
Strangers told that I was your son
Each child a designated prayer day
Rosaries for each one

Won’t you
Wave from the breakers
As you
Swim out from the shore
Wave from the breakers
‘Til we can’t see you any more

That December day the clouds burst open
When we buried you
Father Dudley spoke his words
All our eyes were blurred
Squelching shoes and wet tissues

Though you never saw a thunderstorm
On Sydney Harbour shores
We couldn’t help but smile
To see you sent off in such style
Dripping frocks and sodden socks

Won’t you
Wave from the breakers
As you
Swim out from the shore
Wave from the breakers
‘Til we can’t see you any more

Please wave
Please wave