Edmund Blunden

(1 November 1896 – 20 January 1974 / London / England)

At Senlis Once


how comely it was and how reviving,
When with clay and with death no longer striving
Down firm roads we came to houses
With women chattering and green grass thriving.

Now though rains in a cataract descended,
We could glow, with our tribulation ended--
Count not days, the present only
Was thought of, how could it ever be expended?

Clad so cleanly, this remnant of poor wretches
Picked up life like the hens in orchard ditches,
Gazed on the mill-sails, heard the church-bell,
Found an honest glass all manner of riches.

How they crowded the barn with lusty laughter,
Hailed the pierrots and shook each shadowy rafter,
Even could ridicule their own sufferings,
Sang as though nothing but joy came after!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Form:


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

Read poems about / on: laughter, women, green, joy, death, life, rain, woman, house

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 (At Senlis Once by Edmund Blunden )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie Deanna Johnston Clark (8/2/2014 5:25:00 PM)

    Eyes that looked and saw with such intensity...and wrote of the witness he bore all his life. And he, too, was part of this scene, not a passerby. He was in it, and also saw it without. Amazing snapshot of these men! ! (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  4. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
  10. Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Oscar Wilde

(In memoriam
C. T. W.
Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards
obiit H.M. prison, Reading, Berkshire
July 7, 1896)

I

He did not wear his scarlet coat,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Ruth Stone

 

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. On the outside looking In, Angell Afinowi
  2. Totally Connected, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  3. A Caged Bird, SAK Reddy
  4. A Deafness Too Excessive, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  5. The Generals Of War., Tony Adah
  6. Advice, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  7. Out Of Hearing Distance, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. Mirage, The Princess is
  9. Mysterious world I am poor human, Elius Rubby
  10. Let Me Love You with All my Soul, Hebert Logerie
[Hata Bildir]