Poems and Poetry

Seamus and the Rest of Us | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

(After Reading ‘Blackberry-Picking’ Again)

For many years
Seamus Heaney wrote
while the rest of us typed

none of us striking
keys as grand as those
in “Blackberry-Picking.”

Not a sour syllable
nor bruised word
in any verse.

“Blackberry-Picking” tells
the rest of us to keep typing.
Excellence never dies

although it may not be ours.
We will hear poems
Seamus is writing now

when we sneak into heaven
and Seamus gives them to
the Seraphim to sing.

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Author’s Note

Read “Blackberry-Picking” here:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/181384?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+PoetryFoundation/PoemOfTheDayText+(Poem+of+the+Day)

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