Seamus Heaney: Scaffolding


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.

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1 Response to Seamus Heaney: Scaffolding

  1. Valerio says:

    The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock!

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