The Earth will welcome him: Seamus Heaney

bellaghySeamus Heaney, the great Irish poet who died this week will be buried in his home town of Bellaghy, Co. Derry on Monday.

Bellaghy (Bell-ack-ee), on the shore of Lough  Neagh, (Lock Nay)  is a bleak part of Northern Ireland, sectarian scarred.  Unyielding to most, I feel sure this earth will welcome Seamus, and his oak coffin will cradle him. It seems fitting that the poet who wrote so warmly of wood, and bog and loam should spend eternity cuddled by the land he loved. Most people on their way to Magherafelt (Mack-erra-felt), Portglenone (Port-glen-own) and Toome (Tomb) will see flat land, low mist and grey light. Below, Seamus will lie in a bath of alluvial gold. 

All of us who are Irish and like to write will have to work harder now , to try to fill the gap. I have posted Seamus’ poems here before but will not today. If you want to read them, buy the book. The man leaves a wife and family.


About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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