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    Seamus Heaney - Toome

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    Seamus Heaney reads his poem Toome - The South Bank Show - Presented by Melvyn Bragg - 27 October 1991

    Toome
    by Seamus Heaney (1939-)

    My mouth holds round
    the soft blastings,
    Toome, Toome,
    as under the dislodged

    slab of the tongue
    I push into a souterrain
    prospecting what new
    in a hundred centuries'

    loam, flints, musket-balls,
    fragmented ware,
    torcs and fish-bones
    till I am sleeved in

    alluvial mud that shelves
    suddenly under
    bogwater and tributaries,
    and elvers tail my hair.