As per a request, this is from Seamus Heaney’s book Electric Light (2001):


The Gaeltacht

I wish, mon vieux, that you and Barlo and I

Were back in Rosguill, on the Atlantic Drive,

And that it was again nineteen sixty

And Barlo was alive


And Paddy Joe and Chips Rafferty and Dicky

Were there talking Irish, for I believe

In that case Aoibheann Marren and Margaret Conway

And M. and M. and Deirdre Morton and Niamh


Would be there as well. And it would be great too

If we could see ourselves, if the people we are now

Could hear what we were saying, and if this sonnet


In imitation of Dante’s, where he’s set free

In a boat with Lapo and Guido, with their girlfriends in it,

Could be the wildtrack of our gabble above the sea.


–Seamus Heaney