Thursday, June 5, 2014

one of Heaney's last poems

For his second granddaughter

A Kite for Aibhin

Seamus Heaney1939 - 2013
After “L’Aquilone” by Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912)
Air from another life and time and place,
Pale blue heavenly air is supporting
A white wing beating high against the breeze,

And yes, it is a kite! As when one afternoon
All of us there trooped out
Among the briar hedges and stripped thorn,

I take my stand again, halt opposite
Anahorish Hill to scan the blue,
Back in that field to launch our long-tailed comet.

And now it hovers, tugs, veers, dives askew,
Lifts itself, goes with the wind until
It rises to loud cheers from us below.

Rises, and my hand is like a spindle
Unspooling, the kite a thin-stemmed flower
Climbing and carrying, carrying farther, higher

The longing in the breast and planted feet
And gazing face and heart of the kite flier
Until string breaks and—separate, elate—

The kite takes off, itself alone, a windfall.


melissa said...


Btw, love, do you have an official Tumblr account? Would love to follow you.

Bonnie said...

NO, I don't have a tumblr . It would be one more thing to do. Do you?

melissa said...

I do. It's

You should join me! :)