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26th Mar 2020

Michael D Higgins has written a poem urging us all to ‘Take Care’

James Fenton

This period of social isolation is allowing plenty of people to channel their creative side and it seems that President Michael D Higgins is no different.

Michael D Higgins has been dabbling in poetry since long before his Presidency and last night he gave us all a taste of his talents by sharing one of his pieces online.

Shared last night on Facebook, the title of the poem is Take Care and it’s certainly very appropriate during these uncertain and somewhat anxious times.

Here is Michael D Higgins’ poem Take Care in full:

In the journey to the light,
the dark moments
should not threaten.
that you hold steady.
Bend, if you will,
with the wind.
The tree is your teacher,
roots at once
more firm
from experience
in the soil
made fragile.

Your gentle dew will come
and a stirring
of power
to go on
towards the space
of sharing.

In the misery of the I,
in rage,
it is easy to cry out
against all others
but to weaken
is to die
in the misery of knowing
the journey abandoned
towards the sharing
of all human hope
and cries
is the loss
of all we know
of the divine
for our shared
Hold firm.
Take care.
Come home

Hmmm… we’re sensing themes like the need for resilience during difficult moments and the importance of togetherness. Then again, it’s been a while since we analysed a poem for Leaving Cert English.

What are you getting from it? Let us know in the comments. More of this please, Michael D.