Sweeney Redivivus by Seamus Heaney
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Sweeney Redivivus by Seamus Heaney I stirred wet sand and gathered myself
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Sweeney Redivivus by Seamus Heaney

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Sweeney Redivivus by Seamus Heaney

I stirred wet sand and gathered myself

to climb the steep-flanked mound,

my head like a ball of wet twine

dense with soakage, but beginning

to unwind.

Another smell

was blowing off the river, bitter

as night airs in a scutch mill.

The old trees were nowhere,

the hedges thin as penwork

and the whole enclosure lost

under hard paths and sharp-ridged houses.

And there I was, incredible to myself,

among people far too eager to believe me

and my story, even if it happened to be true.

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