And a young prince must be prudent like that, giving freely while his father livesso that afterwards, in age when fighting startssteadfast companions will stand by himand hold the line.
Words.. To lure the tribal shoals to epigram / And order.
To work, her dumb lunge says, is to move a certain mass.. Through a certain distance, is to pull your weight and feelexact and equal to it. Feel dragged upon. And buoyant.
I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.
The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself - as a vocation and an elevation almost.
God is a foreman with certain definite views Who orders life in shifts of work and leisure.
Is there life before death? That's chalked up In Ballymurphy. Competence with pain, Coherent miseries, a bite and a sup, We hug our little destiny again.
Call the miracle self-healing: The utter self-revealing double-take of feeling. If there's fire on the mountain Or lightning and storm And a god speaks from the sky That means someone is hearing the outcry and the birth-cry of new life at its term.
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.
When I first encountered the name of the city of Stockholm, I little thought that I would ever visit it, never mind end up being welcomed to it as a guest of the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation.
At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.
The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.
Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.
A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups.
Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit.