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 they approach 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 pictures the women coming with white buckets, resembling birds with flashes on their ruffled wings. He […]