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From: "Jean Rice" <>
Subject: [Irish-American] Derry's Seamus HEANEY -- "A Drink of Water" (contemp.)
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 12:57:36 -0700


She came every morning to draw water
Like an old bat staggering up the field:
The pump's whooping cough, the bucket's clatter
And slow dimineundo as it filled,
Announced her. I recall
Her grey apron, the pocked white enamel
Of the brimming bucket, and the treble
Creak of her voice like the pump's handle.
Nights when a full moon lifted past her gable
It fell back through her window and would lie
Into the water set out on the table.
Where I have dipped to drink again, to be
Faithful to the admonishment on her cup,
"Remember the Giver," fading off the lip.

-- Seamus Heaney (contemp.), b. Co. Derry

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