THE CURE OF TROY by the great Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, is oft quoted by our new President Joe Biden, as it touches the heart of rising above hate and violence; and in doing so, imagine hope and heal each other.
Human beings suffer. They torture one another. They get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song can fully right a wrong inflicted and endured.
History says, ‘Don’t hope on the side of the grave,’ But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up and hope and history rhyme.
So hope for a great sea-change on the far side of revenge. Believe that a further shore Is reachable from here. Believe in miracles and cures and healing wells.
Call miracle self-healing, the utter self revealing double-take of feeling. If there’s fire on the mountain and lightning and storm and a god speaks from the sky, that means someone is hearing the outcry and the birth-cry of new life at its term.
It means once in a lifetime that justice can rise up and hope and history rhyme.