Title: The Balance

Author: Alan Riach

In: Sport 13 Spring 1994

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 1994

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 13 Spring 1994

The Balance

The Balance

For all the days my mother’s mother spent
silent with her husband’s obstinate pride—an
inordinate man, in a small, recalcitrant country,
where that kind of life is daily,

I’d want to mention love,
that means you’re sleeping now
in the room
right next to this one;

Ronald Center’s hushed
Dona Nobis Pacem is
helping me remember

the simple aspiration of
Andrei Rublyov—

and the thought of all intensity
swings back: he would
have understood
the stubbornness that made
a film like that, an icon,
love, a bell.