Today's poem is by Seamus Heaney
Remember Danae, walled up in the dark,
Princess imprisoned on a prophet's word,
Barred and bolted in a tower of brass.
Yet molten Zeus, a battering ray of light,
(O nebulous shock! O blossom-stripping shower!)
Ungirdled and dishevelled her with gold.
Implacable Fate always fulfils its ends.
Not military power nor the power of money,
Not battlements of stone nor black-hulled fleets
Can fend off Fate or keep its force at bay.
Blood under maenads' nails, on the mountain path,
Cries on the wind, weeping heard in the palace:
Whoever has been spared the worst is blessed.
Copyright © 2004 Seamus Heaney All rights reserved
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