Brendan Murphy

It is not upon you alone the dark patches fall, The dark threw patches down upon me also, It is not you alone who know what it is to be evil, I am he who knew what it was to be evil, I too knitted the old knot of contrariety, Blabbed, blushed, resented, lied, stole, grudged, Had guile, anger, lust, hot wishes I dared not speak, Was wayward, vain, greedy, shallow, sly, a solitary committer, a coward, a malignant person, The wolf, the snake, the hog, not wanting in me, The cheating look, the frivolous word, the adul- terous wish, not wanting, Refusals, hates, postponements, meanness, lazi- ness, none of these wanting. ...