The poems that touch me are those that distil a feeling, an experience, an emotion, into a simple few lines. Seamus Heaney was a master of this technique. In Valediction, from the 1966 collection Death of a Naturalist, the absence of a woman is felt keenly. It is a love poem, short and honest, longing for the return of his love.Because of copyright restrictions I am unable to reproduce the poem in full, but please search it out in an anthology or at your local library.
Lady, with the frilled blouse
And simple tartan skirt,
Since you left the house
Its emptiness has hurt
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