RECALLING THE RAINSTICK

The Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, on Westmoreland Street, Dublin, across from Trinity College, currently has a thoughtfully touching exhibition of the Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) entitled Listen Now Again. On the wall, next to his poem The Rainstick sits an actual rain stick which you can turn and listen to the rain fall or whatever drifts into your mind’s ear. This is what I heard…

 

Recalling the Rainstick

I turn the stick
And hear the rain fall.
There are whispers
In its movements
And there,
Still,
Betwixt it all;
the echo of your words.

     

Words by Damien B Donnelly. Photographs from the exhibition ‘Listen Now Again’

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