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On An Apple-Ripe September Morning

Kilkenny apples in September
An Apple-ripe September morning.
Irish Landscape Photography,
Kilkenny based photographer : Nigel Borrington

On An Apple-Ripe September Morning

Patrick Kavanagh

Round Bales black and white 2

On an apple-ripe September morning
Through the mist-chill fields I went
With a pitch-fork on my shoulder
Less for use than for devilment.

The threshing mill was set-up, I knew,
In Cassidy’s haggard last night,
And we owed them a day at the threshing
Since last year. O it was delight

To be paying bills of laughter
And chaffy gossip in kind
With work thrown in to ballast
The fantasy-soaring mind.

As I crossed the wooden bridge I wondered
As I looked into the drain
If ever a summer morning should find me
Shovelling up eels again.

And I thought of the wasps’ nest in the bank
And how I got chased one day
Leaving the drag and the scraw-knife behind,
How I covered my face with hay.

The wet leaves of the cocksfoot
Polished my boots as I
Went round by the glistening bog-holes
Lost in unthinking joy.

I’ll be carrying bags to-day, I mused,
The best job at the mill
With plenty of time to talk of our loves
As we wait for the bags to fill.

Maybe Mary might call round…
And then I came to the haggard gate,
And I knew as I entered that I had come
Through fields that were part of no earthly estate.

8 responses

  1. Lovely cool images for a hot summer day, Nigel. ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    • Hello Sharon, ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you and I am very pleased to be able to help. :):)

      August 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      • ๐Ÿ™‚

        August 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  2. Really like your composition of the apple tree “trio”!

    August 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    • Hello Navery, ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you, I am very happy that you liked this layout – ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  3. I love it, this would be perfect for our Labor Day celebrations.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have a great long weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

  4. 1annecasey

    Gorgeous shots as always Nigel!

    September 3, 2013 at 7:08 am

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