A Reading by Seamus Heaney

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

A recent bride and groom selected this reading by the Nobel Prize winning writer Seamus Heaney. In a simple, but lovely fashion, it uses the literal building of a structure with the development of a committed marriage.
Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.