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By Eamon Grennan

Through an accidental crack in the curtain

I can see the eight o’clock light change from

charcoal to a faint gassy blue, inventing things

in the morning that has a thick skin of ice on it

as the water tank has, so nothing flows, all is bone,

telling its tale of how hard the night had to be

for any heart caught out in it, just flesh and blood

no match for the mindless chill that’s settled in,

a great stone bird, its wings stretched stiff

from the tip of Letter Hill to the cobbled bay, its gaze

glacial, its hook-and-scrabble claws fast clamped

on every window, its petrifying breath a cage

in which all the warmth we were is shivering.

Dublin-born poet EAMON GRENNAN will present the University at Buffalo’s 2013 Oscar Silverman Poetry Reading at 8 p.m. Friday at the Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave., at North Street. He is the author of 17 books of poetry, the most recent of which include “Out of Sight: New and Collected Poems” (Graywolf Press, 2010), “Matter of Fact” (Graywolf, 2008), “The Quick of It” (Graywolf, 2005), and the American Academy of Poets Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize winning “Still Life with Waterfall” (Graywolf, 2002), in which this poem appears. A longtime Professor of English at Vassar College until his retirement in 2004, Grennan lives in Poughkeepsie, but travels frequently to the West of Ireland.