Milena Williamson

Summation of an Infinite Series

Milena Williamson

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            after Seamus Heaney’s ‘Postscript’

We have gone to Ballycotton

where the ocean on one side is wild

and wilder still is the sum of six Irish miles,

the bus’s departure four minutes to the hour,

five sandwiches for the three of us,

the only lifeboat to receive a gold medal,

the children of those it saved,

the angle of the lighthouse, the missing

degrees of blue in the blink of sky,

the sun, your marriage of thirty-one days,

the spirals of the bales of hay.

Milena Williamson

Milena Williamson is from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. She recently submitted a PhD in poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. She has received the Eric Gregory Award and the Ireland Chair of Poetry project award. Charm for Catching a Train is her first pamphlet. For more:

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