‘This Moment’ by Eavan Boland: A poem for #readingirelandmonth20

Today’s poem comes from the wonderful Eavan Boland.

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944. Over the course of her long career, Eavan Boland has emerged as one of the foremost female voices in Irish literature. Throughout her many collections of poetry, in her prose memoir Object Lessons (1995), and in her work as a noted anthologist and teacher, Boland has honed an appreciation for the ordinary in life. The poet and critic Ruth Padel described Boland’s “commitment to lyric grace and feminism” even as her subjects tend to “the fabric of domestic life, myth, love, history, and Irish rural landscape.”

Keenly aware of the problematic associations and troubled place that women hold in Irish culture and history, Boland has always written out of an urge to make an honest account of female experience.

 

This Moment by Eavan Boland

A neighbourhood.
At dusk.

Things are getting ready
to happen
out of sight.

Stars and moths.
And rinds slanting around fruit.

But not yet.

One tree is black.
One window is yellow as butter.

A woman leans down to catch a child
who has run into her arms
this moment.

Stars rise.
Moths flutter.
Apples sweeten in the dark.

 

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15 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Just beautiful choice of a poem for this challenge.
    Last year I read her book A Poet’s Dublin (poems and photographs)
    for #ReadingIrelandMonth19…and discovered to this skilled poet
    who I did not know!

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