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Remembering Seamus Heaney

IN memoriam Seamus Heaney (1939-2013):

The blackbird's on the lawn again

But the car's not coming back

To disturb the bird's sweet singing

The driver is no more, alas!

But both have sung their songs,

No need of scaffolding now –

They both have built their love-walls.

Time did no more allow.

So, if you hear a sweet note

Way, way up there on the air

O'er Clifden, Mossbawn, Glanmore

Tune in – they're both still singing there.

Some songs have wild long echoes

In human hearts and soul,

For when the singers sang them

They pierced right to our core.


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