Peace

And sometimes I am sorry when the grass
Is growing over the stones in quiet hollows
And the cocksfoot leans across the rutted cart-pass
That I am not the voice of country fellows
Who now are standing by some headland talking
Of turnips and potatoes or young corn
Of turf banks stripped for victory.
Here Peace is still hawking
His coloured combs and scarves and beads of horn.

Upon a headland by a whinny hedge
A hare sits looking down a leaf-lapped furrow
There's an old plough upside-down on a weedy ridge
And someone is shouldering home a saddle-harrow.
Out of that childhood country what fools climb
To fight with tyrants Love and Life and Time?

by Patrick Kavanagh

Comments (7)

Thank you very much for all the peoms
Good work and words thanku
Out of that childhood country what fools climb To fight with tyrants Love and Life and Time? Thanks for these beautiful lines in such a nice poem.
Beads of horn! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Peace discovered in the serenity of nature and victory over tyrants through love. Great poem. Thanks.
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