Friday, 6 September 2013


One of my favourite poems.

scaffolding by seamus heaney

masons, when they start upon a building,

are careful to test out the scaffolding;

make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,

secure all ladders, tighten 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 seem to be

old bridges breaking between you and me

never fear. we may let the scaffolds fall

confident that we have built our wall.

Seamus Heaney will always be remembered for the warmth of his words in a particularly difficult time in Ireland's history.

He will be sadly missed on this little island.



  1. Love it Bee....first time I've read one of his poems...nice and clear and not obscure like some poems and meaningful!!!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  2. What a lovely poem! I haven't read this before ... Thank you!
    Have a great weekend,

  3. What a lovely poem. I have never read it before. Xo

  4. Here here Bee, I love his poetry too. Thanks for sharing xox Penny

  5. It's a fantastic poem from a fantastic poet! :) x

  6. This is lovely. Thanks for sharing it. I feel very sorry for his wife to have lost him at a relatively young age. So sad.

  7. What a lovely poem, thanks for sharing it with us

  8. Great poem...thanks for sharing x

  9. He will be sadly missed in many places methinks. On the same morning I heard of his death an American friend who I had introduced to his poems emailed me unable to contain her sadness at his passing. He touched so many hearts and minds.

  10. What a lovely poem ...
    Thank you!
    M x


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