Face like October, stubble rough shaven,
batting about like a knowing old crow,
on the thing, off the thing, misty and silver,
this is the Craven most people know.
Wild man, character, maker of verses,
charmer of cherries, aisy and slow,
lover of Ledwidge, Kavanagh’s contender,
this is the Craven he’d have you know.
Man with a vision, lamb in a sheepskin,
weathered in innocence, cumulus, snow,
hopeful of mankind, mellow as whiskey,
this is the Craven I’d have you know.
From Brendan Connolly's anthology, The Bridle Path,
prepared for publication and edited by Brian Bingham,
Next edition of Automatic Pilot available in print and digital format in January 2021.
Closing date for submissions, 15th December 2020.