George Essex Evans

(18 June 1863 – 10 November 1909 / London, England)

Adrift: A Brisbane River Reverie


An amphitheatre of purple hills
And emerald slopes where nestling villas gleam,
Flooded with golden light that crowns and fills
Height, vale, and stream.
The clouds float motionless like isles of snow
Set in the sapphire of the summer sky,
The river, like a ribbon, far below
Winds rippling by;

As, like a creeping snake, with curve and sweep
The languid current steals past mead and scar,
To the dark mangrove fringing on the deep
Abreast the bar.

Slow drifts the boat past homestead, town, and lea;
The waters laugh and sob against the side
As down the murmuring river to the sea,
Dreaming, I glide.

Past meadowy marshland and gray limestone bluff,
Low mangrove fens and waste lantana heights,
Long reaches where the tides and winds are rough,
And sheltered bights.

Now wider spread the waters to the eyes;
Now sparser grow the homesteads, scarcely seen,
Save where some roof or gaunt gray trunk may rise
Against the green.

And salter on the cheek the breezes blow;
And in a deeper key the river sings;
And from the viewless sea move to and fro
Swift snow-like wings.

These are the harbingers from voyaged seas
Who knows what seas of thought man yet may sail
As science slowly sifts Life’s mysteries—
And lifts the veil?

Submitted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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

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 (Adrift: A Brisbane River Reverie by George Essex Evans )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. रंजानाय फैगौ, Ronjoy Brahma

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Busy, Michelle Dragonfly
  2. A Statue for the Rev.Ian Paisley, Barney Rooney
  3. For Francis Jude Omoto (1982-2006), Dankaro Osazee
  4. Haiku Snowflakes, Kwai Chee Low
  5. रंजानाय फैगौ, Ronjoy Brahma
  6. Haiku Christmas is Here, Kwai Chee Low
  7. Snowman, Kwai Chee Low
  8. Heralding Christmas, Kwai Chee Low
  9. Under the Mistletoe, Kwai Chee Low
  10. Silent Nature, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
[Hata Bildir]