There Is A Country for Old Men by Denyse O'Leary

There Is A Country for Old Men

Where the Old Warrior Looks Up & Finds That Death Has Been Defeated

by Denyse O’Leary

Years ago, a woman I knew told me that her father’s death had created a sort of hole in her world. I said that when my own father dies, it will be like waking up to see that a mountain range in the distance has suddenly disappeared. That was how one of my close friends, whose father lost his hearing going over Vimy Ridge nearly a century ago, described the effect of his death in 1983.

Why should women on the verge of old age think as we do about very aged fathers? Partly because our fathers h . . .