Patrick Kavanagh

(1904 - 1967 / County Monaghan)

Canal Bank Walk - Poem by Patrick Kavanagh

Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal
Pouring redemption for me, that I do
The will of God, wallow in the habitual, the banal,
Grow with nature again as before I grew.
The bright stick trapped, the breeze adding a third
Party to the couple kissing on an old seat,
And a bird gathering materials for the nest for the Word
Eloquently new and abandoned to its delirious beat.
O unworn world enrapture me, encapture me in a web
Of fabulous grass and eternal voices by a beech,
Feed the gaping need of my senses, give me ad lib
To pray unselfconsciously with overflowing speech
For this soul needs to be honoured with a new dress woven
From green and blue things and arguments that cannot be proven.

Submitted by Andrew Mayers

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  • Rookie Rugger Stormston (6/8/2010 6:01:00 AM)

    This is probably my favourite of Kavanagh's poems. its really very goood (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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