In honor of Poem in your Pocket Day, the Writing Studio is giving out handy bookmarks with some famous poems printed on them. Incidentally, these bookmarks also fit nicely in your pocket! Here is an example of one of the poems you’ll find on a bookmark at one of the Writing Studio locations in Art Building, Perkins, and Lilly Libraries.
“Scaffolding” by Seamus Heaney
Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;
Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.
And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.
So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me
Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.