On Raglan Road
On Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.
On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion's pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay -
O I loved too much and by such and such is happiness thrown away.
I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign that's known
To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and time
And word and tint. I did not stint for I gave her poems to say.
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May
On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had wooed not as I should a creature made of clay -
When the angel woos the clay he'd lose his wings at the dawn of day.
"... for Monaghan’s Patrick Kavanagh it was his infatuation with a young beauty of his time that inspired what has become his best-known work, On Raglan Road, the only poem written by Kavanagh to have been put to music. The actual title of the poem is very simply explained because it was in the autumn of 1944 that the poet first met and became totally besotted by the young Hilda Moriarty, a medical student from Kerry who was considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Dublin society"...Read on about the poet, couple & song
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--->So it has finally happened. It has been called the blackest day in Irish history and the fall of the Irish Republic...(click) "The latest austerity budget will be the final blow to low and middle income families. This is not going to be a matter of spoiled spongers moaning about fewer free welfare goodies to avail of. It will be a matter of whether to pay your mortgage or your electricity bill or feed your children." [With the banks at the ready to scoop up foreclosed homes and land at bargain basement prices, then sell high---sh]
--->BBC: Dublin protesters march against cuts as bail-out looms... "State broadcaster RTE has reported that the interest rate to be paid on part of the loan could be as much as 6.7%, higher than the rate charged to Greece for its bail-out, which has raised concerns from opposition parties....Organisers said more than 100,000 people took part in Saturday's protest, while the Irish police (Gardai) estimated that "in the region of 50,000" people marched to Dublin's General Post Office, site of the nationalist uprising against British rule in 1916."
--->Robert Waldrop, CW: As Ireland has gone, so will the United States. "The details of the take-over of the Irish state by a cartel of international banks are becoming more clear"...Read on
--->Strong Majority of Irish want to default on bank loans new opinion poll shows...
Blackmail, coin of the realm? God forbid. "LORD...Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with those who are bloodthirsty, in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes."---- Psalm 26:10
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--->Eminent Professor asserts Continuity of Government Plan / State of Emergency Superseding our Constitution...
--->US warns Israel of embarrassing WikiLeaks release...
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--->First Sunday of Advent. By Marcellino D'Ambrosio: The Coming Darkness - The Real Meaning of Christmas Lights. "Advent is a season where we stop and remember that the light of this world is waning in more ways than one. That the world as we know it is passing away....For many of us in December, the bleak light injects a dose of melancholy into our disposition. But then we remember that “the holidays” are coming --there is something to look forward to! We string lights on our shrubs and put candles in our windows to cheer ourselves up and thumb our nose at the darkness. For Christians, these lights have a deeper meaning. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. At the moment when darkness of human society is at its deepest, the Light of the World will come [in the Second Coming] ...More
Note: While we know only the year and are uncertain of the precise date when the Lord Jesus was born into this world---likely sometime in the Spring since the record shows shepherds were tending their flocks---it was the genius of the Church, after centuries of persecutions subsided, to hold its Feast and Christ-Mass at the every time ancient pagans held winter Solstice events. The sharp contrast over the true Light of the world was thus set in history.
--->WikiLeaks reveals U.S. diplomatic secrets...
--->Guardian on Wikileaks: "What will emerge in the days and weeks ahead is an unprecedented picture of secret diplomacy as conducted by the planet's sole superpower. There are 251,287 dispatches in all, from more than 250 US embassies and consulates...Read on
--->Palin hits back at Obama, media after slip-up...
Seeds of Truth: "And whatever both philosophers and poets have said concerning the immortality of the soul, or punishments after death, or contemplation of things heavenly, or doctrines of the like kind, they have received such suggestions from the prophets as have enabled them to understand and interpret these things. And hence there seem to be seeds of truth among all men; but they are charged with not accurately understanding [the truth] when they assert contradictories."----St. Justin Martyr, First Apologia
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