A poetry prompt

(December 16/14)

Sometimes all it takes is a fine piece of poetry to help us figure out what we would like to write about in our journals. Read this Seamus Heaney poem over a few times and you will find a place to write your own words...

And some time make the time to drive out west Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore, In September or October, when the wind And the light are working off each other So that the ocean on one side is wild With foam and glitter, and inland among stones The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit By the earthed lightening of flock of swans, Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white, Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads Tucked or cresting or busy underwater. Useless to think you’ll park or capture it More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there, A hurry through which known and strange things pass As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways And catch the heart off guard and blow it open

–Seamus Heaney From The Spirit Level, © 1996

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