“This Moment” by Eavan Boland
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
A neighbourhood. At dusk. Things are getting ready to happen out of sight. Stars and moths. And rinds slanting around fruit. But not yet. One tree is black. One window is yellow as butter. A woman leans down to catch a child who has run into her arms this moment. Stars rise. Moths flutter. Apples sweeten in the dark.
from In a Time of Violence, 1994
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY
Copyright 1994 by Eavan Boland.
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About the Poet
Eavan Boland (1944- ) was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944. The daughter of a diplomat and a painter, Boland spent her girlhood in London and New York, returning to Ireland to attend secondary school in Killiney and later university at Trinity College in Dublin. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including A Woman Without a Country: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2014).
Learn more about Eavan Boland at The Poetry Foundation.