Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney photographed by Justin Griffiths-Williams at the Hay Festival 2006.

The Windfall Light

Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking…

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