At the Irish Embassy on the Night Seamus Heaney Died

At Embassy of Ireland in D.C.
At Embassy of Ireland in D.C.

I went to the Irish Embassy tonight to pay tribute to the great poet Seamus Heaney.

There was nobody there but a security guard. He asked me what I wanted.

I said, “Seamus Heaney died. I wanted to be here.” He said, “Who?”

I said, “He was Irish. He was the greatest poet writing in English.”

“Oh, ” he said. “Everyone’s gone home for the weekend.”

“That’s okay,” I said, “I’ll just sit here and read his poetry for awhile.”

“Well, I guess that’s okay,” he said.

So I sat on the curb and read “The Redress of Poetry.”

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