Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

In Memory Of John Butler Yeats - Poem by Padraic Colum

'TO-NIGHT,' you said, 'to-night, all Ireland round
The curlews call.' The dinner-talk went on,
And I knew what you heard and what you saw,
That left you for a little while withdrawn-
The lonely land, the lonely-crying birds!

Your words, your breath is gone!
O uncaught spirit, we'll remember you
By those remote and ever-flying birds
Adown the Shannon's reach, or crying through
The mist between Clew Bay and Dublin Bay!


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010



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