Seamus Heaney Lives Here

I cannot write about Seamus Heaney

found just months before his death

but whose influence informed my mentor

thus informing me.


Not unlike my great aunt, who I never knew,

who painted and sculpted and whose

art I have never seen, but it informed

my grandmother, my mother, and me.


There is nothing to say about how Sophocles

influenced Aristotle other than Plato

knew them both, and Plato probably used that

connection to sway his student.


And when I read of blackbirds and the poetry

of the Bog,  I wonder how it affects

the marginalia and the order of words

and the outcome of this verse.


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