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"Digging" by Seamus Heaney

August 30, 2013
After watching his father digging outside, the speaker of this poem compares his father's labor to his own work as a writer. Read the text here.
squat
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
snug
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
rasp
Under my window, a clean rasping sound
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:
My father, digging.
spade
Under my window, a clean rasping sound
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:
My father, digging.
strain
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds
Bends low, comes up twenty years away
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
Where he was digging.
stoop
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds
Bends low, comes up twenty years away
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
Where he was digging.
rhythm
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds
Bends low, comes up twenty years away
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
Where he was digging.
coarse
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
nestle
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
shaft
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
scatter
He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep
To scatter new potatoes that we picked,
Loving their cool hardness in our hands.
turf
My grandfather cut more turf in a day
Than any other man on Toner’s bog.
bog
My grandfather cut more turf in a day
Than any other man on Toner’s bog.
sod
He straightened up
To drink it, then fell to right away
Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods
Over his shoulder, going down and down
For the good turf.
squelch
The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.
curt
The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.

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