As a young poet, you need corroboration, and that's what publication does. Seamus He
Wherever that man went, he went gratefully.
We want the surprise to be transitive like the impatient thump which unexpectedly restores the picture to the television set, or the electric shock which sets the fibrillating heart back to its proper rhythm.
But the thing uttered by the speaker I strain towards is still not quite the story of what is going on; it is more reflexive than that, because as a poet I am in fact straining towards a strain, seeking repose in the stability conferred by a musically satisfying order of sounds.
At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.