Thursday, December 4, 2008


Seamus Heaney

Over the past few years two things have given me hope that America might once again have a leader of whom we can be proud. First there were Barack Obama’s two books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. Then I came across the poem The Cure of Troy, written by Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. I pinned this excerpt to my bulletin board to remind myself each day of what is possible.

History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.

To learn more about Seamus Heaney, visit http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1995/heaney-bio.html