“Poetry Afternoon”

James Kavanaugh

“There are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves”

 

There are men too gentle to live among wolves

Who prey upon them with IBM eyes

And sell their hearts and guts for martinis at noon.

There are men too gentle for a savage world

Who dream instead of snow and children and Halloween

And wonder if the leaves will change their colour soon.

 

There are men too gentle to live among wolves

Who anoint them for burial with greedy claws

And murder them for merchant’s profit and gain.

There are men too gentle for a corporate world

Who dream instead of candied apples and ferris wheels

And pause to hear the distant whistle of a train.

 

There are men too gentle to live among wolves

Who devour them with eager appetite and search

For other men to prey upon and suck their childhood dry.

There are men too gentle for an accountant’s world

Who dream instead of Easter eggs and fragrant grass

And search for beauty in the mystery of the sky.

 

There are men too gentle to live among wolves

Who toss them like a lost and wounded dove

Such gentle men are lonely in a merchant’s world

Unless they have a gentle one to love.

 

 

James Kavanaugh    Born  September 17, 1928 Kalamazoo, Michigan, US

Died   December 29, 2009  Kalamazoo, Michigan, US

James Kavanaugh as a former American Roman Catholic Priest best remembered for an iconoclastic call for reform published 1967.

 

James Kavanaugh, one of my favourites, I think of him and I think of Rod McKuen, my favourite of all time.  Both men were good friends.  James Kavanaugh dedicated his book  “There are Men too Gentle to Live Among Wolves” to Rod who was one of the most gentle of men.  I hope you enjoy the following.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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