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Clasics in Ñspel: BLACKBERRY-PICKING, by Seamus Heaney

Guardian, 2018: "Seamus Heaney’s family on life with the great poet: ‘He was always just Dad at home'" / Photo: Eamonn McCabe.

Śeṃs Hīni

BLACḄRIPICÑ

Lêt Ōġst, gvn hevi ren n sún
Fr a fl wīc, ɖ blacḅriz wd rîpn.
At frst, jst wn, a glosi prpl clot
Amñ uɖrz, red, grīn, hard az a nót.
Y et ɖt first wn n its fleś wz swīt
Lîc ʈicnd wîn: sumr’z blud wz in it
Līvñ stenz upn ɖ tuñ n lust fr
Picñ. Ɖen red wnz inct p n ɖt hungr
Snt s ǎt wɖ milc̦anz, pītinz, jampots
Ẃr brayrz scraćt n wet gras blīćt ǎr būts.
Rnd heifīldz, cornfīldz n ptetodrilz
W trect n pict untl ɖ canz wr fl,
Untl ɖ tinc̣lñ botm hd bn cuvrd
Wɖ grīn wnz, n on top

big darc blobz brnd

Lîc a plet v îz. Ǎr handz wr péprd
Wɖ ʈornprics, ǎr pāmz stici az Blūbird’z.
W hōrdd ɖ freś bériz in ɖ bîr.

Bt ẃn ɖ baʈ wz fild w faund a fŕ,
A rat-gre funġs, glutñ on ǎr cáś.
Ɖ jūs wz stncñ tù. Wns of ɖ bś
Ɖ frūt fmntd, ɖ swīt fleś wd trn sǎr.
I olwz flt lîc crayñ. It wz’nt fer
Ɖt ol ɖ luvli canflz smelt v rot.
Ć yir I hopt ɖe’d cīp, ń ɖe wd not.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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