douglas scotney

Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

After 'A Narrow Girdle of Rough Stones and Crags'


In company of quite different take
The poet went out dawdling
Down by Grasmere Lake.
Dead calm the lake, no wind.

With no Joanna to mock
At the base of the rock,
All three flew fancy free,
William, Dorothy, STC,
Idled in the land of Poesy:
Osmunda fern became a Naiad Queen,
A fisherman miraged ahead
Was Freedom at his leisure.

But when up close, all fancies fled,
Self-reproach replaced their pleasure.
The fisherman was sick and gaunt,
Freedom just a taunt,
Dead the lake, no care.

POINT RASH-JUDGEMENT's what
They named the spot.
Had I put in my tuppence
The point might be COMEUPPANCE.

(STC is Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dorothy is Wordsworth's sister)
This poem follows on from 'After 'To Joanna''

Submitted: Thursday, December 15, 2011
Edited: Friday, February 01, 2013

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 (After 'A Narrow Girdle of Rough Stones and Crags' by douglas scotney )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 134 Points Danny Draper (3/20/2012 3:14:00 AM)

    Things are almost never what they seem and sometimes actually are what we deserve. Nice write, with the trademark quipped finale. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Love, Sarah Flower Adams
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Andhere Kaa Deepak, Harivansh Rai Bachchan
  6. Best Friend (In Hindi), Tavneet Singh
  7. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. A Question, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Thank the love gift me the verses by Ra.., Yuri Starostin
  2. पूनम का चांंद.............., sanjay kumar maurya
  3. An Angelic Figure, Ahmad Husain
  4. And the Trains Go On, Philip Levine
  5. Hair-raising, hafiz qasim
  6. Desperadoes, gajanan mishra
  7. Beatific, Naveed Khalid
  8. Bed of lust, Gerald Obinna
  9. The Traveling Onion, Naomi Shihab Nye
  10. Stuff I Love, Emily Liang
[Hata Bildir]