2nd Sat Strollers

By 2ndSatStrollers

unworn world enrapture me

Thoroughly enjoyable cycle trip out along the Union Canal to Ratho, and a bit beyond, this morning/early afternoon ... the snap is of a canal-sculpture, within the village of Ratho.

All reminded me of one of Patrick Kavanagh's most famous poems:

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 (1904-1967)


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