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Act of Union

Written by: Seamus Heaney | Biography
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 I

To-night, a first movement, a pulse,
As if the rain in bogland gathered head
To slip and flood: a bog-burst,
A gash breaking open the ferny bed.
Your back is a firm line of eastern coast And arms and legs are thrown Beyond your gradual hills.
I caress The heaving province where our past has grown.
I am the tall kingdom over your shoulder That you would neither cajole nor ignore.
Conquest is a lie.
I grow older Conceding your half-independant shore Within whose borders now my legacy Culminates inexorably.
II And I am still imperially Male, leaving you with pain, The rending process in the colony, The battering ram, the boom burst from within.
The act sprouted an obsinate fifth column Whose stance is growing unilateral.
His heart beneath your heart is a wardrum Mustering force.
His parasitical And ignmorant little fists already Beat at your borders and I know they're cocked At me across the water.
No treaty I foresee will salve completely your tracked And stretchmarked body, the big pain That leaves you raw, like opened ground, again



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