Epic

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.

by Patrick Kavanagh

Comments (9)

An interesting sonnet with an interesting point—who decides what’s really important? A good reminder of the finite or myopic view we humans have of history and of everything. -GK
nice poem....................
Epics come from mundane happenings, 'I made the Iliad from such'
Absolutely an Epic Poem after Till Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind.....PK´s mind. WOW! True epic when Homer appears in one´s mind, hete the poet´s mind. Tremendously epically told. Thank you for sharing. A myriad of 10´s for this Classic Poem Of The Day. Congratulations to the great family of PK in the USA as well as in Dublin. GBU All. Amen
Indeed as the poet says from the trivial things of life great truths are expressed by Epics by Homer and so on!
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