Poetry Sunday: Follower by Seamus Heaney
Memories. They stumble behind us and will not go away.
My father was a farmer and in his time he sometimes worked with a horse-plow, except in his case it was a mule-plow. As a child, I would sometimes follow behind him and so when I came across this poem last week, it brought back all those memories once again. I could smell the fresh-turned soil and the horsey smell of the mules and hear my father's voice as he directed them. I think I, too, must have been a nuisance as he tried to do his work, but he never complained.
My father is gone now but he's always there just over my shoulder and will not go away.