October 18, 2011

Had I Not Been Awake by Seamus Heaney


Light + Tea, 3 pm from Wonderment Photography

Had I Not Been Awake
by Seamus Heaney

Had I not been awake I would have missed it,
A wind that rose and whirled until the roof
Pattered with quick leaves off the sycamore
And got me up, the whole of me a-patter,
Alive and ticking like an electric fence:
Had I not been awake I would have missed it,
It came and went so unexpectedly
And almost it seemed dangerously,
Returning like an animal to the house,
A courier blast that there and then
Lapsed ordinary. But not ever
After. And not now.

(Happy Birthday, Rachel!)

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