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A collection of responses to the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh edited by Eileen Casey

Very happy that my poem titled MELANCHOLY, inspired by Patrick Kavanagh’s Wet Evening in April,was published recently in The Lea-Green Down collection of responses to the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh edited by Eileen Casey and including work from many poets, including:
David Butler, Gavan Duffy, Geraldine Mills, Joan Power, Tanya Farrelly, Brian Kirk, Doreen Duffy, Mae Newman, Paula Meehan, Brigid Flynn, Trish Nugent, Eileen Casey, Enda Coyle-Greene, Grace Wells, Marie Gahan, Maria Wallace, Orla Grant-Donoghue and Susan Condon.

This collection of responses to Kavanagh’s work contains many pieces of diverse and interesting verse, please seek it out, you wont be disapointed!

 

MELANCHOLY
It is Spring time,
birds sing in the damp trees
a poet’s song recorded through the ages,
and because I once witnessed a crow
rise up from a skeleton forest
in a medieval winter, I will listen,
I will spread open a tulip with my fingers
to watch the bumble-bees gather nectar,
the petals will be like warm skin,
the flower an amplifier for the beat of wings
and I’ll be reminded of
Kavanagh’s Wet Evening in April
where upon my lips will speak the words
When I am dead a hundred years from now
when the Autumn has its time,
each cluster of fallen leaves
will be a crowd of voices
lamenting my melancholy.
 Michael J. Whelan
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