“Let us read, and let us dance;
these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

Monday, 31 October 2011

No Sanctuary by Seamus Heaney

I made this: Avid Reader at 3:01 pm
No Sanctuary

It’s Hallowe’en. The turnip-man’s lopped head
Blazes at us through split bottle glass
And fumes and swims up like a wrecker’s lantern.

Death mask of harvest, mocker at All Souls
With scorching smells, red dog’s eyes in the night-
We ring and stare into unhallowed light.

From North, 1975

Many many moons ago, I sang a version of this with my school choir for the Feis Ceoil. I've only just now tracked down the original, so am sharing it here in case I foget it again!!!

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