Archive for August, 2013

Smyrna N.Y. 8/30/13

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Seamus Heaney 1939-2013

Human Chain

for Terence Brown

Seeing the bags of meal passed hand to hand
In close-up by the aid workers, and soldiers
Firing over the mob, I was braced again

With a grip on two sack corners,
Two packed wads of grain I’d worked to lugs
To give me purchase, ready for the heave –

The eye-to-eye, one-two, one-two upswing
On to the trailer, then the stoop and drag and drain
Of the next lift. Nothing surpassed

That quick unburdening, backbreak’s truest payback,
A letting go which will not come again.
Or it will, once. And for all.

…………………………………………………………S.H.

Love The Accidental Bomb

love the accidental bomb
love how it will not be defused
how it refuses, stuck deep in our mud, to budge
or be construed as used

who asked that it be dropped nearby
who set it ticking in the sky
who built the goddamned thing at all
for daring boys to kick and try?