Archive for January 27th, 2015

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Lesson by Eamon Grennan

I was watching a robin fly after a finch, the smaller bird
chirping with excitement, the bigger — its breast blazing — silent
in light-winged earnest chase, when out of nowhere

over the chimneys and the shivering front gardens,
flashes a sparrowhawk headlong, a light brown burn
scorching the air from which it simply plucks

like a ripe fruit the stopped robin, whose two or three
cheeps of terminal surprise twinkle in the silence
closing over the empty street when the birds have gone

about their business, and I began to understand
how a poem can happen: you have your eye on a small
elusive detail, pursuing its music, when a terrible truth

strikes and your heart cries out, being carried off.

From: Weingarten, Roger and Higgerson, Richard M. (eds.), Poets of the New Century: An Anthology, 2001, David R. Gardine: New Hampshire, p. 124.

Date: 2001

By: Eamon Grennan (1941- )

Alternative Title: Detail