Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Poem for Seamus Heaney at 70

Congratulations Seamus
As you reach this milestone age.
You have managed to inflame us
With your words upon the page.

As a poet, the clear fact is
Your whole life’s in black and white,
And with a bit of practice,
I am sure you’ll get it right.

Some might struggle ‘gainst the bin tax,
Others fight for the deported.
You have struggled with your syntax
But I’m sure you’ll get it sorted.

You possess a sense of timing
That is often called inspired,
Though perhaps your skill at rhyming
Leaves a lot to be desired.

But I don’t want to deflate you,
Or to criticise your views,
For, in truth, I think it’s great you
Still seek out the poet’s Muse.

So a happy birthday Seamus,
Keep on working on the book.
Sure, one day you might be famous
With a little bit of luck.