THE SPIRIT ATLAS. In Memoriam Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

Diego Sorba, Sivizzano di Traversetolo (Parma, Italy)/ Sunday, September 1st 2013.heaney 3

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The right finger slides smooth as a wood planer

From Donnybrook Church up to the Border and Northwards,

Detours from the M1 through Louth and Monaghan,

Past King Kavanagh’s sacred mile at Inniskeen it bends to the right –

Castleblayney, Armagh, Dungannon – then skips along

Lough Neagh at its left – Coagh, Ballyronan, County Derry at very long last.

Red and yellow Michelin roads act as gravel driveways

On the crumpled map. Without need of using the thumb,

The forefinger points to this man’s burial in Bellaghy.

[il resto del testo poetico di Diego Sorba è reperibile in questo pdf scaricabile. © Riproduzione riservata].

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