Memorializing Heaney Memorializing

You outlived many but then it was you
for whom death came, thirsty, a-search

and drinking you quickly lest the glass spill
and anything of you be lost.

As poet-survivor among your peers
the task of memorializing had fallen to you

again and again, in memory of Richard,
of Tom, of John Hewitt …

in Seeing Things; they rise again
under your pen to life for us

in poems filled with your humanity
still wholly intact.

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