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Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Wake: Up to Poetry

"The act of poetry is a rebel act."

Poem of the Week: “Getting Up Early” by Brendan Kennelly

Getting Up Early

Getting up early promises well;
a milkhorse on the road
induces thoughts of a sleeping world
and a waking God.

This hour has something sacred;
bells will be ringing soon,
but now I am content to watch
the day begin to bloom.

I would only waste my breath
on poor superfluous words;
how perfectly they wing for me –
the new invisible birds

who celebrate the light that spreads
like love to window sills
as morning steps like a laughing girl
down from the Dublin hills.

Brendan Kennelly, From The Essential Brendan Kennelly (2011)

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