Patrick Kavanagh

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You came and turned the leaves of my mind
Backward till I could recall
How many times I had loved before
Foolishly, vainly.

The smooth surface of my life became
Angry waters tossing
The boat of my desire wildly - 
Like the Channel-crossing.

And you above the storm
Poised as calm
As the turbulent world
In God's palm.

Beautiful as truth - 
Anna contra mundi
Won upon a Wednesday
Lost upon a Sunday - 
Patrick contra mundi.
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