A Poem for a Thursday #13

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Seamus Harvey was an Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. His poems are described as "works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past." His poem "Scaffolding" was written after an argument with his wife. I would be very surprised if she didn't forgive him after reading it.

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won't slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job's done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking down between you and me

Never fear.  We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.

Seamus Heaney

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