Patrick Kavanagh

(1904 - 1967 / County Monaghan)

Patrick Kavanagh Poems

1. My Father Played The Melodeon 3/3/2015
2. A Christmas Childhood 12/15/2014
3. The Great Hunger 4/5/2010
4. Gospel 4/5/2010
5. Kerr's Ass 4/5/2010
6. A Star 4/5/2010
7. April Dusk 4/5/2010
8. March 4/5/2010
9. Having To Live In The Country 1/3/2003
10. To The Man After The Harrow 1/3/2003
11. Wet Evening In April 1/3/2003
12. Primrose 1/13/2003
13. Shancoduff 1/3/2003
14. Innocence 1/3/2003
15. On An Apple-Ripe September Morning 1/3/2003
16. Canal Bank Walk 1/13/2003
17. Memory Of My Father 1/3/2003
18. Stony Grey Soil 1/3/2003
19. Epic 1/3/2003
20. Advent 1/13/2003
21. Peace 1/13/2003
22. Inniskeen Road: July Evening 1/3/2003
23. In Memory Of My Mother 1/3/2003
24. On Raglan Road 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Patrick Kavanagh

On Raglan Road

On Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion's pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay -
O I loved too much and by such and such is happiness thrown away.

I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign...

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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

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