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Patrick Kavanagh



Watch him, watch him, that man on a hill whose spirit

is a wet sack flapping about the knees of time.

He lives that his little fields may stay fertile when his own body

Is spread in the bottom of a ditch under two coulters crossed in Christ’s name....

Yet sometime when the sun comes through a gap

These men know God the Father in a tree:

The Holy Spirit is the rising sap,

And Christ will be the green leaves that will come

At Easter from the sealed and guarded tomb.


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