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(1893-1918 / Shropshire / England)

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A New Heaven

Seeing we never found gay fairyland
(Though still we crouched by bluebells moon by moon)
And missed the tide of Lethe; yet are soon
For that new bridge that leaves old Styx half-spanned;
Nor ever unto Mecca caravanned;
Nor bugled Asgard, skilled in magic rune;
Nor yearned for far Nirvana, the sweet swoon,
And from high Paradise are cursed and banned;

-Let's die home, ferry across the Channel! Thus
Shall we live gods there. Death shall be no sev'rance.
Weary cathedrals light new shrines for us.
To us, rough knees of boys shall ache with rev'rence.
Are not girls' breasts a clear, strong Acropole?
-There our oun mothers' tears shall heal us whole.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/12/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    A good poem worth for reading and enjoying and understanding the innermost thoughts of the poet about the life and the inevitable death in such a situation.

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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/22/2013 11:05:00 AM)

    War cuts like a dispassionate knife
    Art and poetry in its ruthless path
    And yet the best of poem was so writ
    In trenches of strife with grieving hearts

  • Owen Burnham (6/19/2004 8:09:00 PM)

    Profound and haunting. This is the sadness that war engenders in the human heart.

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