Seamus Heaney - Crossings XXXII

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

Crossings XXXII
by Seamus Heaney (1939-)

Running water never disappointed.
Crossing water always furthers something.
Stepping stones were stations of the soul.

A kesh could mean the track some called a causey
Raised above the wetness of the bog,
Or the causey where it bridged old drains and streams.

It steadies me to tell these things. Also
I cannot mention keshes or the ford
Without my father's shade appearing to me

On a path towards sunset, eyeing spades and clothes
That turf-cutters stowed perhaps or souls cast off
Before they crossed the log that spans the burn.