Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordless Wednesday, not quite: Canal Bank Walk

Canal Bank Walk

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.

                                                                       — Patrick Kavanagh

John Coll's bronze sculpture of the poet Patrick Kavanagh seated at the side of the canal he loved,
Mespil Road, Dublin.


  1. Jennifer, a wonderful pairing of photographs & poem.

  2. Colleen, Thanks very much for your comment.


  3. Jenn, I agree with Colleen. Wonderful! Another poet in your family?

    1. Charlotte, Thanks very much for your comment. I wish he was a relative, but unfortunately no (no proof so far anyway). All of my 'Kavanagh, O'Kavanagh, Cavenaugh, Cavanagh' family members hail from north County Dublin going back to the early 18th century. Patrick Kavanagh was born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan.



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