One Poem. One Planet. — Patrick Kavanagh



I have lived in important places, times

When great events were decided, who owned

That half a rood of rock, a no-man’s land

Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims.

I heard the Duffys shouting ‘Damn your soul’

And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen

Step the plot defying blue cast-steel–

‘Here is the march along these iron stones’

That was the year of the Munich bother. Which

Was more important? I inclined

To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin

Till Homer’s ghost came whispering to my mind

He said: I made the Iliad from such

A local row. Gods make their own importance.


-Patrick Kavanagh, (Ireland) from Collected Poems


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