Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saturday commute clxxi: Remembered sentences ii

I seldom mean anything, by
the poetic interlineations
here, but to celebrate the
virility with which phenom-
enally basic passages from
a scholastic past find il-
lumination, eventually ex-
perienced. And I'm content
especially, as forgiveness
arises by this provenance.

     The bewildering, intricate maze - 
     Never got through until Daedalus, out of pity
     For infatuated Ariadne, 
     Guided a prince's blind footsteps
     With a payout of thread, past every wrong turn
     And every dead end he himself had devised
     And constructed.

                      In which grand design
     You too would figure significantly,
     Icarus, had sorrow allowed it. Twice
     Daedalus tried to model your fall in gold, twice
     His hands, the hands of a father, failed him.

  Book VI
  40 - 52
Seamus Heaney
Faber & Faber, 2016©