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 COLLEGE PARK
A batter bats
& the sound of willow
on leather cracks
over an empty Sunday.
wakes to a new number.
to Ben, 16.viii.2020
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)