UNA NAVE ALLA DERIVA NEL CIELO

QUELLA VOLTA CHE A CLONMACNOISE…

Come su ogni altro monastero d’Irlanda che si rispetti, anche su quello di Clonmacnoise, a Offaly, sulle rive dello Shannon, aleggia una sinistra leggenda. Improvvisamente una nave ultraterrena apparve durante una funzione, trascinando la pensante ancora che si impigliò nell’altare.

Lightenings viii

The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise
Were all at prayers inside the oratory
A ship appeared above them in the air.

The anchor dragged along behind so deep
It hooked itself into the altar rails
And then, as the big hull rocked to a standstill,

A crewman shinned and grappled down the rope
And struggled to release it. But in vain.
‘This man can’t bear our life here and will drown,’

The abbot said, ‘unless we help him.’ So
They did, the freed ship sailed, and the man climbed back
Out of the marvellous as he had known it.

Seamus Heaney – Selected Poems by Seamus Heaney
From “Seeing Things”, 1991

Nota [10]

Titolo
Seeing things
Autore
Seamus Heaney
Casa editrice
Faber and Faber