Seamus Heaney

Rookie (April 13,1939 - August 30, 2013 / Castledàwson, County Londonderry)

Follower - Poem by Seamus Heaney

My father worked with a horse-plough,
His shoulders globed like a full sail strung
Between the shafts and the furrow.
The horse strained at his clicking tongue.

An expert. He would set the wing
And fit the bright steel-pointed sock.
The sod rolled over without breaking.
At the headrig, with a single pluck

Of reins, the sweating team turned round
And back into the land. His eye
Narrowed and angled at the ground,
Mapping the furrow exactly.

I stumbled in his hob-nailed wake,
Fell sometimes on the polished sod;
Sometimes he rode me on his back
Dipping and rising to his plod.

I wanted to grow up and plough,
To close one eye, stiffen my arm.
All I ever did was follow
In his broad shadow round the farm.

I was a nuisance, tripping, falling,
Yapping always. But today
It is my father who keeps stumbling
Behind me, and will not go away.


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  • (6/7/2019 8:37:00 AM)

    lik if u et big pooop lik boss. my wif33 eat kids now i being arrested for home invasion in state of oklahomo im veri sad plz giv me lik and as dealer out of (Report)Reply

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  • (5/14/2019 1:29:00 PM)

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  • (2/8/2019 9:08:00 AM)

    evryone shut up now before i kill you (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2019 9:08:00 AM)

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  • (2/8/2019 9:07:00 AM)

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  • (2/8/2019 9:07:00 AM)

    are u acc dumb? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2019 9:06:00 AM)

    are u dumb? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2019 9:05:00 AM)

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  • (2/4/2019 7:23:00 AM)

    Im Red Im Blue Im WHite Ime Green (Report)Reply

    (2/8/2019 9:08:00 AM)

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  • (1/31/2019 8:40:00 AM)

    I’m not sure if you have any questions about that yet because they have a job in that area that they have in mind and you can get a job in a few (Report)Reply

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  • (1/31/2019 8:35:00 AM)

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  • (1/31/2019 8:33:00 AM)

    I’m so stupid like Hamza and kuh (Report)Reply

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  • (1/30/2019 4:52:00 AM)

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  • (1/30/2019 4:49:00 AM)

    This is such a kuh I like kids btw (Report)Reply

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  • (1/1/2019 11:09:00 AM)

    I hate this poem; it ruined my life (Report)Reply

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  • (12/7/2018 5:04:00 AM)

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011



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