An Architect

Portrait of an unnamed architect at work and play. Close observation of the man’s demeanour and environment suggests acquaintance but betrays no sense of what Heaney felt about the man. The architect is successful in life judging by the traits he demonstrates: willpower (He fasted); talent (gift); high expectations (Exacting more); individual taste (in his case for Japanese style): minding the boulder/ And the raked zen gravel. He is a go-getter(no slouch either) generous Whenever it came to whiskey, whether drinking by himself or in company: Lash into it or just to lash it out. Never less than civilised (Courtly always), a good listener (rapt), the architect was unafraid to cause shock: astonishing and totally uninhibited Like the day on […]