Remembering Carrigskeewaun

A wintry night, the hearth inhales
And the chimney becomes a windpipe
Fluffy with soot and thistledown,
A voice-box recalling animals:
The leveret come of age, snipe
At an angle, then the porpoises'
Demonstration of meaningless smiles.
Home is a hollow between the waves,
A clump of nettles, feathery winds,
And memory no longer than a day
When the animals come back to me
From the townland of Carrigskeewaun,
From a page lit by the Milky Way.


from Selected Poems (Jonathan Cape, 1998), copyright © Michael Longley 1998, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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1In Memoriam

2Leaving Inishmore

3Caravan

4Swans Mating

5Wounds

6In Memory of Gerard Dillon

7The West

8Skara Brae

9Man Lying on a Wall

10The Linen Workers

11Frozen Rain

12Thaw

13Self-Heal

14The Linen Industry

15Between Hovers

16Detour

17Gorse Fires

18Remembering Carrigskeewaun

19An Amish Rug

20Laertes

21Ghetto

22The Butchers

23The Ice-cream Man

24Autumn Lady's Tresses

25A Flowering

26Ceasefire

27The White Garden

28The Ghost Orchid

29The War Graves

30The Horses

31The Rabbit

33The Beech Tree

34Snow Water

35The Pattern

36Above Dooaghtry

32Etruria

Books by Michael Longley