Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

From Wikipedia:

Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 for what the Nobel committee described as “works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”.

‘Sunlight’, first published in 1975 in the book North, is one of two “Poems in Dedication” that were written for his aunt, Mary Heaney. These poems come together under the title “Mossbawn,” a reference to the family farm on which Heaney lived until 1953.

I. Sunlight

There was a sunlit absence.

The helmeted pump in the yard

heated its iron,

water honeyed/

in the slung bucket

and the sun stood

like a griddle cooling

against the wall/

of each long afternoon.

So, her hands scuffled

over the bakeboard,

the reddening stove/

sent its plaque of heat

against her where she stood

in a floury apron

by the window./

Now she dusts the board

with a goose’s wing,

now sits, broad-lapped,

with whitened nails/

and measling shins:

here is a space

again, the scone rising

to the tick of two clocks./

And here is love

like a tinsmith’s scoop

sunk past its gleam

in the meal-bin.

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