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large rock in the ground illustrating a page from a gardening site with the poem O Stoney Grey Soil by Patrick Kavanagh

STONEY GREY SOIL

BY

PATRICK KAVANAGH

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O stony grey soil of Monaghan

The laugh from my love you thieved;

You took the gay child of my passion

And gave me your clod-conceived.

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You clogged the feet of my boyhood

And I believed that my stumble

Had the poise and stride of Apollo

And his voice my thick tongued mumble.

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You told me the plough was immortal!

O green-life conquering plough!

The mandrill stained, your coulter blunted

In the smooth lea-field of my brow.

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You sang on steaming dunghills

A song of cowards’ brood,

You perfumed my clothes with weasel itch,

You fed me on swinish food

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You flung a ditch on my vision

Of beauty, love and truth.

O stony grey soil of Monaghan

You burgled my bank of youth!

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Lost the long hours of pleasure

All the women that love young men.

O can I still stroke the monster’s back

Or write with unpoisoned pen.

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His name in these lonely verses

Or mention the dark fields where

The first gay flight of my lyric

Got caught in a peasant’s prayer.

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Mullahinsa, Drummeril, Black Shanco-

Wherever I turn I see

In the stony grey soil of Monaghan

Dead loves that were born for me.

If you just landed on this page, this is not a poetry site, it’s a gardening site.

But still there’s an awful lot of stoney grey soil in my garden.

However, if you were looking for information about the poem or the poet, Patrick Kavanagh, you will find it here on wikepedia

If you want to know about my wild Galway garden then click here for lots more about gardening.

Best wishes

Grace

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