World leaders (that includes Congress)
don’t get that global order needs to be
(almost wrote “fought for” but I’m avoiding war-words) DUG for;
the way the poet Seamus Heaney describes his father digging for potatoes,
& himself, with a squat pen resting snug as a gun between his finger and his thumb,
uses words to excavate new ideas.
Snug as a gun, but not a gun; and it yields no sound bites or scuds.
- Digging by Seamus Heaney. (thefrostyfella.wordpress.com)
- Seamus Heaney (loiselden.com)
- Kate Ellis – Tribute to Seamus Heaney (thegalwayreview.com)
- Seamus Heaney’s Beauty (newyorker.com)
- Seamus Heaney Quiz (go4quiz.com)
- When the Bird Sings Very Close: Two Poems by Seamus Heaney (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- Seamus Heaney texted wife “don’t be afraid” as he lay dying (VIDEO) (irishcentral.com)
- Seamus Heaney: Poet laureate’s final plaudits as he’s laid to rest in Co Derry homeland (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- What would you like your final words to be? | Open thread (theguardian.com)
Seamus Heaney, “Digging” from Death of a Naturalist. Copyright 1966 by Seamus Heaney. Reprinted with the permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC.
Source: Death of a Naturalist (1966)