Advent Poem, Courtesy of Patrick Kavanagh

This is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a penitential season, and I definitely need to do some penance this Advent. Here is the opening stanza of a penitential poem by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967; RIP):


We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
Of penance will charm back the luxury
Of a child’s soul, we’ll return to Doom
The knowledge we stole but could not use.

Read the rest of the poem here:

Odd trivia: Kavanagh was the sometime-boyfriend of traditionalist Catholic author Deirde Manifold (1914-2013; RIP). I refer you to this obituary, which lists Manifold’s published works on Catholic Social Teaching and the globalist conspiracy: Here is another obituary by Kavanagh scholar Ger Considine: Lastly, here is Considine’s filmed interview with Manifold:


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