Patrick Kavanagh

Untitled (I know that I have heard spoken)

I know that I have heard spoken
A different wisdom as
The tree was shaken
Above the parlour grass.
That is not as it should be
I should have listened longer
Nor feared the tremulous tree
And that Stranger
With words that were not caught
Upon the difficult bough
He was wise. And I fool taught
By Earth to know.
The laugh and the intense eye
Awoke to look on
Reality diffused in the sigh
Of Sentiment's town.
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