He was well known
a republican and lawyer.
when prohibited from practicing law –
for refusing to pledge allegiance to the Queen.
but thoughtful and critically acclaimed works.
always prefaced by reviewers
as an ideology free left wing intellectual,
as if not possible to be both.
On Public Radio
the interviewer asks about his just completed book.
Frequent coughing interrupts the replies
“ would you like some water,” she asked –
“ you don’t sound well.
Actually I’m dying,” he replied.
Three weeks later he did.