Written for: dVerse Poets: Artisans – Seamus Heaney
The challenge is to write a poem about an artisan or wright, for example a weaver, thatcher, wheelwright or carpenter, or any other craftsman you can think of. It can be a real person, you or someone you know, or a fictional person. All I ask is that you emulate the form and/or style of one of the Heaney poems.
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.
Cartoonist creates caricature swiftly,
a few bold strokes drawn thickly.
Watch him at his easel now
easily capturing smile or frown.
Who is he lampooning? a singer or a movie star?
I see an enormous teardrop, and beating heart so far.
No one poses in front of him, waiting.
Can it be himself, sad clown, self-hating?