I had some short stories, poems and photographs to share ... and so here I am

A Poem For Identical Twins


there’ll be two

two moons will manifest,
medallions in a purple sky,
so while one illuminates

a country lane, the other
guides a stray fisherman
back to familiar shores.

there’ll be two willows,
laughing in the breeze,
so while one protects

delicate baby finches,
the limbs of the other
become climbing ropes.

two flowers will rise,
burgeoning with colour,
so while one is plucked

to offer some comfort,
the other willingly
surrenders to bees.

there’ll be two rivers,
forging their own paths,
so while one might slow

down to broaden and
explore, the other gives
way to vital rapids.

(This year we became the godparents of the little delights above - Roman and Simon - and this is dedicated to them).

© Copyright, 2008. Seamus Kearney. "There'll be two - a poem for identical twins". This may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, but only when Seamus Kearney is identified as the author.


Lapa said...





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Anonymous said...

Wonderful Seamus! A great poem for twins of any kind. Lapa is an insistent fellow, I've seen him on several of my visits today.

S. Kearney said...

Hi Kat,
Thanks. Yes, I suppose it would work for any kind of twins. :-)
Re Lapa. Interesting. I will check with my Portuguese colleagues to see if they've heard of this author.

Peter Rozovsky said...

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Anonymous said...

Merci Seamus pour ce trés beau cadeau que tu fais à mes bébés. Ils ont vraiment de la chance d'avoir un parrain comme toi. Il faudra quand même que tu me traduises le poême en français!
Je t'embrasse

S. Kearney said...

Merci Maga,
C'est le premier message en français que je reçois sur mon blog! C'était avec plaisir que j'ai écrit ce poème ... et je laisse le soin à Olivier de le traduire! :-) Ils sont beaux dans la photo, non?

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


That is absolutely beautiful. Love it. What a perfect gift for two such precious blessings.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't mind, Shamus, but we included this in the readings at the baptism my daughter held here in Boston for her gorgeous identical twin girls. We found it beautiful and the guests were thrilled! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Shamus, forgot to say this is Naomi here. I wasn't sure how to leave a comment. I love reading your blog.

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