Poems of the week: Cricket in College Park, and Roof

New works by Philip Coleman and Padraig J Daly

Cricket  in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cricket in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

 

CRICKET IN COLLEGE PARK

A batter bats
& the sound of willow
on leather cracks
over an empty Sunday.

Players clap.
A leaf-blower,
sleep-walking,
wakes to a new number.

to Ben, 16.viii.2020

ROOF

Shortly before the roof fell in,
He had been sitting on the veranda,
Listening to Berlioz.

He moved into the garden
And was trimming roses
When the noise startled him.

Now he must camp in the field,
Set up tent under the humming stars.

Philip Coleman teaches in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. His most recent book is The Selected Letters of John Berryman (Harvard University Press), co-edited with Calista McRae.

Padraig J Daly’s poem is from his recent collection, A Small Psalter (Scotus Press)