Friday, December 23, 2011

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now ~






Raglan Road, Dublin



Pardon me for indulging and repeating a favorite song of a friend now gone a year ago today.

I played this song the other day over the phone for my 84 year old mother, born & raised from Belfast Ireland, now snug as a bug down there in Florida where she lives, and from faraway she said, "O this takes me back!"

It was a favorite song and poem of Janine's, as it speaks to loss & love all around.




Raglan Road by The Dubliners on Grooveshark



ON RAGLAN ROAD


On Raglan Road of an Autumn day
I saw her first and knew,
That her dark hair would weave a snare
That I might someday rue.
I saw the danger and I passed
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 a deep ravine where can be seen
The worth of passion play.
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts
And I not making hay;
Oh, 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 signs,
That's known to the artists who have known
The true gods of sound and stone.
And her words and tint without stint
I gave her poems to say
With her own name there and her own dark hair
Like clouds over fields of May.

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet
I see her walking now,
And away from me so hurriedly
My reason must allow.
That I had loved, not as I should
A creature made of clay,
When the angel woos the clay, he'll lose
His wings at the dawn of day.

~

Patrick Kavanagh


First published in 1946 as Dark Haired Myriam Ran Away




Patrick Kavanagh






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