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The On Being Project

“Remembering Carrigskeewaun”

A wintry night, the hearth inhales
 And the chimney becomes a windpipe
 Fluffy with soot and thistledown,
 A voice-box recalling animals:
 The leveret come of age, snipe
 At an angle, then the porpoises'
 Demonstration of meaningless smiles.
 Home is a hollow between the waves,
 A clump of nettles, feathery winds,
 And memory no longer than a day
 When the animals come back to me
 From the townland of Carrigskeewaun,
 From a page lit by the Milky Way.

This poem is excerpted with permission from Collected Poems. For more poetry, visit our Poetry Radio Project.


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