The Railway Children

When we climbed the slopes of the cutting
We were eye-level with the white cups
Of the telegraph poles and the sizzling wires.

Like lovely freehand they curved for miles
East and miles west beyond us, sagging
Under their burden of swallows.

We were small and thought we knew nothing
Worth knowing. We thought words travelled the wires
In the shiny pouches of raindrops,

Each one seeded full with the light
Of the sky, the gleam of the lines, and ourselves
So infinitesimally scaled

We could stream through the eye of a needle.

Seamus Heaney

September Birthdays

September 5 Tommaso Campanella (Italian, born 1568)

September 8 Marin Mersenne (French, born 1588)

September 10 Charles Sanders Peirce (American, born 1839)

September 11 Theodor Adorno (German, born 1903)

September 13 Alain Locke (American, born 1886)

September 16 Henry St. John Bolingbroke (British, born 1678) and Pietro Pomponazzi (Italian, born 1462)

September 17 Marquis de Condorcet (French, born 1743)

September 26 Hans Reichenbach (German/American, born 1891) and Martin Heidegger (German, born 1889)

September 29 Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (Spanish, born 1864)

September 30 Ettiene Bonnot de Condillac (French, born 1715)

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