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“Scaffolding” by Seamus Heaney

Tim and I’ve been together for twenty-six years and I go back and forth on who has to put up with more. The past few days, it’s definitely been Tim. I handle some challenges in life with more grace than others, and sometimes I get a little sloppy and forget that whole “never complain, never explain” mantra I try to follow. But Tim’s a good sport and I’m confident in our wall.

I first came across Seamus Heaney, an Irishman who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, when I was working as an editor on a textbook series that featured his poem “Digging.” My friend and fellow editor, Jennifer, very kindly gave me a collection of Heaney’s poems when I left the company to start freelancing when Andrew was born.

For Father’s Day a few years later, I gave Tim A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children, edited by Caroline Kennedy. The collection includes an amazing number of our favorite poems—including “Scaffolding”—and is gorgeously illustrated by Jon J Muth. We’ve given it to quite a few new babies and their parents over the years.

I love this charming video of Seamus Heaney reciting “Scaffolding.” He explains how he wrote the poem to “clear up a row” with his wife and that he still gets lots of requests to use it at weddings.

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