St. Kevin and the Blackbird by Seamus Heaney
And then there was St. Kevin and the blackbird. The saint is kneeling, arms stretched out, inside His cell, but the cell is narrow, so
One turned-up palm is out the window, stiff As a crossbeam, when a blackbird lands And lays in it and settles down to nest.
Kevin feels the warm eggs, the small breast, the tucked Neat head and claws and, finding himself linked Into the network of eternal life,
Is moved to pity: Now he must hold his hand Like a branch out in the sun and rain for weeks Until the young are hatched and fledged and flown.
And since the whole thing's imagined anyhow, Imagine being Kevin. Which is he? self-forgetful or in agony all the time
From the neck on out down through his hurting forearms? Are his fingers sleeping? Does he still feel his knees? Or has the shut-eyed blank of underearth
Crept up through him? Is there distance in his head? Alone and mirrored clear in love's deep river, 'To labour and not to seek reward,' he prays,
A prayer his body makes entirely For he has forgotten self, forgotten bird, And on the riverbank forgotten the river's name.
A small container containing fun trade items. The nearby Brockagh Centre hosts Sunday markets on the first and third Sunday of the month and you can buy delicious freshly baked breads and home made jams....perfect for a picnic on the way to Glendalough!