Thursday, April 06, 2006

heaney & joel

Heaney's an elegant alternative to that Billy Joel song Just the Way You Are: "You always have my unspoken passion, though I might not seem to care." (Yes, I've used that.)


Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.