Post more comments
Want a gift card for being active Forum member? Post comments and win $25 gift card every week.
Rules:
PoemHunter.com will be giving away Amazon.com gift cards (worth $75 in total) every week to first three members ($25 each) who participate most in our forum discussions. You just have to post comments on forum pages, poet pages or poem pages anywhere inside PoemHunter.com
Comments posted needs to be in different pages. Posting more than 1 comment on the same page will only be counted once.
Members can not post comments without being logged in.
PoemHunter.com has the right to cancel or edit this contest.
PoemHunter.com has a right to disqualify or ban member(s) without providing any type of reason, belief or proof in regards to any type of illegal activity or fraud.

Patrick Kavanagh

(1904 - 1967 / County Monaghan)

Primrose


Upon a bank I sat, a child made seer
Of one small primrose flowering in my mind.
Better than wealth it is, I said, to find
One small page of Truth's manuscript made clear.
I looked at Christ transfigured without fear--
The light was very beautiful and kind,
And where the Holy Ghost in flame had signed
I read it through the lenses of a tear.
And then my sight grew dim, I could not see
The primrose that had lighted me to Heaven,
And there was but the shadow of a tree
Ghostly among the stars. The years that pass
Like tired soldiers nevermore have given
Moments to see wonders in the grass.


Submitted by Andrew Mayers

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: beautiful, truth, tree, child, fear, heaven, light, soldier, flower, children, star

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Primrose by Patrick Kavanagh )

Enter the verification code :

  • Andrew Hoellering (2/8/2009 4:00:00 AM)

    Kavanagh speaks from a moment of childhood illumination, and resorts to religious parallels to describe the impact the transfigured primrose has on his youthful sensibilities. The flower is perceived through tears of gratitude until the blessed moment passes. But it survives as a memory, or epiphany, that continues to flower, lending meaning to his later adult life. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Until She Died, Edgar Albert Guest
  2. Winding The Clock, Edgar Albert Guest
  3. The One In Ten, Edgar Albert Guest
  4. The Workman's Dream, Edgar Albert Guest
  5. The Grate Fire, Edgar Albert Guest
  6. Somebody Else, Edgar Albert Guest
  7. The Kindly Neighbor, Edgar Albert Guest
  8. Example, Edgar Albert Guest
  9. Service, Edgar Albert Guest
  10. The Call, Edgar Albert Guest

Poem of the Day

poet George Gordon Byron

I speak not, I trace not, I breathe not thy name;
There is grief in the sound, there is guilt in the fame;
But the tear that now burns on my cheek may impart
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]