Edward Thomas

(3 March 1878 - 9 April 1917 / London / England)

Ambition


Unless it was that day I never knew
Ambition. After a night of frost, before
The March sun brightened and the South-west blew,
Jackdaws began to shout and float and soar
Already, and one was racing straight and high
Alone, shouting like a black warrior
Challenges and menaces to the wide sky.
With loud long laughter then a woodpecker
Ridiculed the sadness of the owl's last cry.
And through the valley where all the folk astir
Made only plumes of pearly smoke to tower
Over dark trees and white meadows happier
Than was Elysium in that happy hour,
A train that roared along raised after it
And carried with it a motionless white bower
Of purest cloud, from end to end close-knit,
So fair it touched the roar with silence. Time
Was powerless while that lasted. I could sit
And think I had made the loveliness of prime,
Breathed its life into it and were its lord,
And no mind lived save this 'twixt clouds and rime.
Omnipotent was I, nor even deplored
That I did nothing. But the end fell like a bell:
The bower was scattered; far off the train roared.
But if this was ambition I cannot tell.
What 'twas ambition for I know not well.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 07, 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 (Ambition by Edward Thomas )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Peccary - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  2. > You <, Aparna Chatterjee
  3. The Seasons, Sandra Feldman
  4. The moon, gajanan mishra
  5. Jenin, Nathalie Handal
  6. Even, Nathalie Handal
  7. Haiku A Child's Eyes, Kwai Chee Low
  8. The Hawk Quartet, Nathalie Handal
  9. Do I?, Aparna Chatterjee
  10. Haiku Strangers, Kwai Chee Low

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. bra maidenform, rwetewrt erwtwer
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  9. One Art, Elizabeth Bishop
  10. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]