Patrick Kavanagh

City Commentary Poems

A Knight at the Tournament

It was not Virgil I thought of last Friday at the Rotunda,
Or his verse which tells of huge-muscled fighters
In the Roman arena as they exhibited their bodies to the first-nighters -
I was thinking of what I would say on Monday:
Something that all readers would understand - a
Hint of Tunney's lefts and Dempsey's righters
In the Soldier's Field… Cole swings, Mulcahy sidesteps,
The fight is on and the audience roars like thunder.
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