42 is the Right Answer, Day 40

clocktowersPoetry Day Ireland is an annual national celebration of all things poetic – and it has been going on all day today, mostly in a virtual sense because of the COVID-19 lockdown situation.

This year, the theme is ‘There will be time’, which can be your prompt today.

Check out lots of poetry-related things here.

But in addition,  I have chosen the following poem as a prompt to mark the passing of its author earlier this week. Eavan Boland wrote this poem in 1994. She was a greatly respected Irish poet who will be missed by many. I have loved her work, and hope you agree the following example is an object lesson in how to write moving poetry.

This Moment

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.

by Eavan Boland

Back to Basics – if you need to catch up,  it started  here , but we’re finished soon, the penultimate  prompt at  5pm (Dublin time) tomorrow.