Too late then to ask what was the Irish word for this, the work-phrase for that, or why the insides of those thatched houses were
so stubbornly, damnably dry in all weathers
Why under the sun the new thatch h0!l0urs the sun like a mirror, so you look at It shading your eyes: as it darkens under rain, a natural barometer of sorts, rude and sure
Or why they stand, thatched roofs, as words themselves that generations read to mean beginnings and conclusions, wor.ds ~hich house a history of landscaped pnvacles
Under the neon lights the lecturers quibble about struts and stresses and geometric
things: when all you needed was to have . good neighbours, and trust them to do the Job.