Poets answer an age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Husbandry says “Stay safe
on this side of the street.”
But once in a while
a chicken will rise to her feet
(if she’s not met defeat)
and see that the other side
is reachable from here.
Now she comes near.
[Click here to read an excerpt from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney]
JERRY (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
THE CURE (chorus): Human beings suffer
JERRY: Philosophers have written a great deal on the question of why people suffer.
THE CURE: They torture one another
JERRY: That is one reason.
Excerpted from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney.
Based on an excerpt from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney
Don’t hope on this side of the grave;
there’s no guarantee you’ll be saved—
but now and again
(you never know when)
justice comes like a fifty-foot wave.