Seamus Heaney

Castledàwson, County Londonderry
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Rating: 3.3
Fishermen at Ballyshannon
Netted an infant last night
Along with the salmon.
An illegitimate spawning,

A small one thrown back
To the waters. But I'm sure
As she stood in the shallows
Ducking him tenderly
Till the frozen knobs of her wrists
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P. Mason 27 November 2016
Not see the pain and darkness in this poem...the struggle it serves to describe, seems almost beyond words.
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Bill Wright 03 September 2016
Gosh, this is a powerful poem, probably occasioned by a newspaper article about a baby being found by fishermen, perhaps stillborn to an unmarried mother who wanted to hide the fact.
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