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Wheatear

Poem Beginning with a Line of J. M. Synge


Brown lark beside the sun
Supervising Carrigskeewaun
In late May, marsh marigolds
And yellow flags, trout at the low
Bridge hesitating, even
The ravens' ramshackle nest--
Applaud yourself, applaud me
As I find inside the cottage
A wheatear from Africa
Banging against the windowpane
And hold in my hands her creamy-
Buff underparts and white rump
And carry her to the door
And she joins you beside the sun
Before skimming across the dunes
To mimic in a rabbit hole
Among silverweed and speedwell
My panic, my breathlessness.

Credit


From Snow Water by Michael Longley. Copyright © 2004 by Michael Longley. Reprinted by permission of Wake Forest University Press. All rights reserved.

Author


Michael Longley

Michael Longley is an Irish poet, and author of eleven collections of poetry, most recently Angel Hill (Wake Forest University Press, 2017).

Date Published: 2004-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/wheatear