Well, you're welcome, and thanks a bunch for commenting. Would have responded sooner, but most of my week is tight. Mark, I think you have a greater appreciation than I for Heaney. I sometimes like him a lot, but sometimes he seems like an exercise in how to write semi emotional, half unremoved poetry. This one is a killer, tho, I think, and would like to find more. I'm so happy you liked this, Julie. And I like this for pretty much the same reasons. Here's a reading, I assume from Seamus.
*Just to add, however obvious, that I love the title. That observing this is the speaker's punishment.