Treasure Island

Edith Nesbit

(15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924 / Kennington / Surrey / England)

A Choice


THE flood of utter change is loosed. A space
Is ours yet, for its coming to prepare.
Shall we build dams with cautious, clumsy care,
Or stand with idle hands and frightened face,
And so be whirled all broken from our place,
And perish with the dams we builded there?
Or shall we dig a broad, deep channel, where
Most fields may feel the flood's benign embrace?


Thus turned 'twill be a calm majestic flood
Of plenty, peace, and fertilising power,
Whose banks fresh flowers of love and joy shall deck.
Oppose it: at the inevitable hour,
Tumultuous, black with ruin, red with blood,
'Twill come--and you shall have no chance but wreck!

Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Choice by Edith Nesbit )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. मेगनआव गोग्लैदोँ, Ronjoy Brahma
  2. Sun, Barati Lesetlhe
  3. Moon, Barati Lesetlhe
  4. Letters to the heart...., Nandipha Mphanya
  5. In each day's silent need (Italian sonnet), Gert Strydom
  6. Despair, Gert Strydom
  7. DALYA IN RAVENSBURG 74, Terry Collett
  8. Tomar Hansi Tomar Kanna, ramesh rai
  9. But peace, hasmukh amathalal
  10. Rah! rRah! Siss-boom-bah!, Frank Avon

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Louis Stevenson

It is very nice to think
The world is full of meat and drink,
With little children saying grace
In every Christian kind of place.... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Amy Lowell

 

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. On the Ning Nang Nong, Spike Milligan
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. A Thought, Robert Louis Stevenson

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]