Seamus Heaney
Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

Late August, given heavy rain and sunFor a full week, the blackberries would ripen.At first, just one, a glossy purple clotAmong others, red, green, hard as a knot.You ate that ...

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Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney

Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney

I sat all morning in the college sick bayCounting bells knelling classes to a close.At two o'clock our neighbors drove me home.In the porch I met my father crying--He had always ...

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Digging by Seamus Heaney

Digging by Seamus Heaney

Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. Under my window, a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I ...

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