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Joseph Woods is a poet and Director of Poetry Ireland. A winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, his two collections, Sailing to Hokkaido (2001) and Bearings (2005) are both published by Worple Press (UK). He has co edited Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007), an anthology of contemporary Irish poetry concerning Japan and is currently working toward a third collection.
There’ll come a season when you’ll stretch
Black boards to cover me
– J M Synge
Somewhere in the murmur of the fourth
decade, at the end of the dining room
leaning upright against a bookcase;
the lid bearing his name and dates,
that moment when the blank beyond
the dash of birth gets engraved.
Admiring the grain, but resisting
the temptation to run my hand
over the craftsmanship,
instead, drifting to the wood
that will one day encase, the standing tree
that in the end will fall for us.
A species of oak perhaps in keeping
with tradition and how many more
growth rings for a man of over forty.
In whose earth are its roots extending?
©2009 Joseph Woods
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