Seamus Heaney - Fosterling

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

Fosterling
by Seamus Heaney (1939-)

"That heavy greenness fostered by water" - John Montague

At school I loved one picture's heavy greenness -
Horizons rigged with windmills' arms and sails.
The millhouses' still outlines. Their in-placeness
Still more in place when mirrored in canals.
I can't remember not ever having known
The immanent hydraulics of a land
Of glar and glit and floods at dailigone.
My silting hope. My lowlands of the mind.

Heaviness of being. And poetry
Sluggish in the doldrums of what happens.
Me waiting until I was nearly fifty
To credit marvels. Like the tree-clock of tin cans
The tinkers made. So long for air to brighten,
Time to be dazzled and the heart to lighten.

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