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The Drover

The Drover

To Meath of the pastures,
From wet hills by the sea,
Through Leitrim and Longford
Go my cattle and me.
I hear in the darkness
Their slipping and breathing.
I name them the bye-ways
They’re to pass without heeding.
Then the wet, winding roads,
Brown bogs with black water;
And my thoughts on white ships
And the King o’ Spain’s daughter.
O! farmer, strong farmer!
You can spend at the fair
But your face you must turn
To your crops and your care.
And soldiers—red soldiers!
You’ve seen many lands;
But you walk two by two,
And by captain’s commands.
O! the smell of the beasts,
The wet wind in the morn;
And the proud and hard earth
Never broken for corn;
And the crowds at the fair,
The herds loosened and blind,
Loud words and dark faces
And the wild blood behind.
(O! strong men with your best
I would strive breast to breast
I could quiet your herds
With my words, with my words.)
I will bring you, my kine,
Where there’s grass to the knee;
But you’ll think of scant croppings
Harsh with salt of the sea.

Padraic Colum

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laine8225-Nov-2008 21:15
LOL @ Phillip !!!
Love your POV...super shot.
Cindi Smith25-Nov-2008 19:56
This rocks! I love it! Great silhouette to go with the poetry! Wow! V
Peter Sussex25-Nov-2008 16:43
Wonderful end of a day (if it is?) Creative composition. Di like the poems as well, nicely harmonizes with the image.
Harrison25-Nov-2008 15:03
Great moody photo. Goes well with the poem.
Carol Breton25-Nov-2008 13:52
This is wonderful. Excellent poem and image match up.
Neal Nye25-Nov-2008 12:40
You are so good at combining these words and images. A wonderful moody picture!
Yvonne25-Nov-2008 10:46
Wonderful silhouette and poem!
Maaike Huizer25-Nov-2008 08:04
Love the silhouets and the beautiful poem
marita toftgard25-Nov-2008 06:55
strong image to
these strong words!!
incredible feeling to read them
j>a>e>17 :):):)25-Nov-2008 05:08
poticallly moooooovelous YOU ARE fer sure, j>a>e.17:):):) & 17 ancestral AAAHHHHvations from my mystical meath greats LIVE :):):)
wernere0125-Nov-2008 03:51
Excellent. Great silhouettes.
Kerry Tingley25-Nov-2008 03:11
Beautiful capture and poem. It looks like a bit of a dreary day. v
Barbara Heide25-Nov-2008 00:27
very nice!
Kathryn25-Nov-2008 00:00
Good entry.
Flo Hendry24-Nov-2008 23:49
Nice angle, looks awful cold...nice poem...
Phillip Normanton24-Nov-2008 23:10
Little Bo-Peep has lost his... cows? :)
Keith O'Brien24-Nov-2008 22:35
Wow, conjoined cows eh? Great silhouette GMV
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