Kavanagh makes us sit up and see the light. This treasured poet helps the creative soul feast on the banal, the ordinary. This made sense for a man, a creator from such humble origins. The lines of his much celebrated Canal Bank Walk remind us-especially after the isolation of the pandemic-what can inspire a starved mind. Nature, the simple pleasures, that allow us “wallow in the habitual, the banal”, that “feed the gaping need” of our senses. That canal bank walk triggered such passion for Kavanagh, who had escaped death, recovering from lung cancer, and penned this timeless life-affirming poem.