The Library

After ‘Glanmore Revisited’ by Seamus Heaney

“We must do something about the book room.”
You are the one for renovations.
I like it as is – small, cramped, overstuffed.
Your eyes survey the shelves
Taking in the books, the disorder,
The ideas spilling onto the floor.
“Could you not do with more space?” you ask,
All reasonableness.
I hunker down behind a barricade of books.
“We’ll see,” I say, but you are already speeding ahead,
Seeing it bright and spacious.
I watch you slip through the eye of a needle.
You look back, smiling, expecting me to follow.

Kevin Mc Dermott is a Dublin-based writer. He is the author of six novels for young adults. His writing for radio includes plays, feature-length documentaries, essays and short stories. His poems have been published in journals and magazines, and broadcast on RTE, the Irish national broadcast service.

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