Patrick Kavanagh

Street Corner Christ

I saw Christ to-day
At a street corner stand, 
In the rags of a beggar he stood
He held ballads in his hand.

He was crying out: - "Two for a penny
Will anyone buy
The finest ballads ever made
From the stuff of joy?"

But the blind and deaf went past
Knowing only there
An uncouth ballad-seller
With tail-matted hair.

And I whom men call fool
His ballads bought,
Found him whom the pieties
Have vainly sought.

§ Dated: 30/7/38.

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