True to herself, she crafted merriment
From sacrifice— from tongue-tied ill-intent
To lift up duller hearts; and who can say
What beasts of woe her laughter held at bay?
For Eileen Lawlor, whose small frame and ill-health belied an innate courage, a wry talent and a capacity for laughter in adversity; a gift she used to salve the injuries of fate— not just her own, but of all those she knew and loved in her life.