In fond remembrance of Seamus Heaney

by Aki Schilz

Today we have lost a beautiful poet.

SCAFFOLDING

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.

Seamus Heaney

And here’s a clip of Heaney reading this beautiful poem on the occasion of his seventieth birthday:

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