Two Poems by Hal O’Leary

Two Poems by Hal O’Leary

In YM we have special collaborators, really very special and Hal O’Leary is one of them. Is he special for take part of the II World War? Oh, my god! Is he important for receive the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from West Liberty University? Oh, my God! For us, he’s very important for that and for many things more. We are congratulated to give you two presents of him. We are sure you will like it.

 Dear Friend

At times like these,
the world will seem indifferent and cold.
There must be something one could do.
The sentiment of sympathy
Seems not enough.

It merely says,
I’m sorry fate has dealt you such a blow.
That doesn’t touch the depth of what I feel,
And so, it doesn’t let you know
How much I care.

At times like these,
The cold indifference will dissipate
In knowing there is one who shares
The loving warmth true empathy can give,
A warmth we share.

It truly says,
I feel not simply for, I feel with you.
It says to you, you’re not alone.
It lets you know your deepest grief
Is also mine.

But also know
That very  empathy will mean we share

Whatever our two fates decree,
We share as one.


I fear it has become the bane
Of my existence, and what’s more
Although it may fall there in Spain
Admittedly upon the plain,
At least as Shaw thought anyway,
I find myself beside the shore,
And sigh, I’ve lost another day.

It falls here on my window pane,
A pox that I cannot ignore,
For I’m inside and must remain,
With fear that I may go insane.
Instead of sun and making hay
I sit with nothing to explore,
And sigh,  I’ve lost another day.

I fear there’s naught but let it pour
And so, I will, to my dismay
Just wait, as I have done before
And sigh, I’ve lost another day.

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Hal O’Leary is an eighty-seven-year-old Secular Humanist who believes that it is only through the arts that one is afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from West Liberty University.

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