And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!
- And did those feet, William Blake

tirsdag 30. juni 2015

Seamus Heaney's Postscript

Since June is drawing to its close, I will keep it very simple in this month's fourth blogpost, presenting the poem Postscript by Seamus Heaney, which I came across when reading The Poetry of Birds, edited by Simon Armitage and Tim Dee.

And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling white on white,
Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you'll park and capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open

Heraldic swan
MS Additional 69865, f.5, leaves from a book of hours, Use of Rome,  c.1390-c.1400
Courtesy of British Library

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