Prompt: Brian, at d’Verse poets, offers us a very interesting challenge to write a “Cover Poem”. A Cover Poem is a spin on a Cover Song where how bands play popular tunes but adding their own flavor. We are to take a poet’s poem and add our own flavor. Below is first my variant and below it is the original poem by Seamus Heaney that I “covered”. I am creating an anthology of poems on my other blog and this is one of them. Click this link to see the post where I discuss this poem — there, among other things, I discuss the last lines of both poems which allude to Matthew 9. Without knowing this Bible story, the meaning of this poem would elude the reader.
–by Sabio Lantz
You were the one who wanted skylights.
I opposed ripping out our beautiful slate shingles.
For I loved the rich sound of rain on charcoal stone,
but imagined a plink-plink on the roof’s plastic blotch.
But when the slates came off,
the extravagant sky flooded our kitchen,
and food came alive like never before.
For days, my senses vibrates with new awareness.
I felt I had watched the man crippled with palsy,
after being lowered through the roof
and having his sins forgiven — now healed,
take up his bed and walk away.
— by Sabio Lantz 11/2016
(but, this is a variation on Seamus Heaney’s Poem below)
— by Seamus Heaney
You were the one for skylights. I opposed
Cutting into the seasoned tongue-and-groove
Of pitch pine. I liked it low and closed,
Its claustrophobic, nest-up-in-the-roof
Effect. I liked the snuff-dry feeling,
The perfect, trunk-lid fit of the old ceiling.
Under there, it was all hutch and hatch.
The blue slates kept the heat like midnight thatch.
But when the slates came off, extravagant
Sky entered and held surprise wide open.
For days I felt like an inhabitant
Of that house where the man sick of the palsy
Was lowered through the roof, had his sins forgiven,
Was healed, took up his bed and walked away.