A further example of poet in transition: a father and his child witness a special natural phenomenon; the experience provides him with an example of ‘change’ and with it a snippet of wisdom to be stored for the future. As in silence theyapproach an emblematic Irish pump, long since disused (in the long grass)the child knows not to speak. The father belongs to the generation that installed the pump; he can ‘hear’ the bite of the spade that sank it, recall the mood of the stonemason as he embedded the pump: the slithering and grumble/ as the mason mixed his mortar. He picturesthe women coming with white buckets, resembling birds with flashes on their ruffled wings. He instinctively recognises there […]