Or you can read it here:
Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney
“Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;
Make sure that their planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten all 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 seems to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me
Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.”
Reid’s been on and on about his man, Seamus Heaney, for ages now, but I truly met his work for the first time today when we rendezvous-ed at the Waterstone’s. I enjoy this poem because of precisely what Dr. Heaney says about it–it’s buoyancy and confidence. Happy Sunday.