Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Ball's Bluff: A Reverie


One noonday, at my window in the town,
I saw a sight - saddest that eyes can see -
Young soldiers marching lustily
Unto the wars,
With fifes, and flags in mottoed pageantry;
While all the porches, walks, and doors
Were rich with ladies cheering royally.

They moved like Juny morning on the wave,
Their hearts were fresh as clover in its prime
(It was the breezy summer time),
Life throbbed so strong,
How should they dream that Death in rosy clime
Would come to thin their shining throng?
Youth feels immortal, like the gods sublime.

Weeks passed; and at my window, leaving bed,
By nights I mused, of easeful sleep bereft,
On those brave boys (Ah War! thy theft);
Some marching feet
Found pause at last by cliffs Potomac cleft;
Wakeful I mused, while in the street
Far footfalls died away till none were left.

Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Form:


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 (Ball's Bluff: A Reverie by Herman Melville )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  2. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  3. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
  4. I Dream A World, Langston Hughes
  5. I, Too, Langston Hughes
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Let America be America Again, Langston Hughes
  9. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

THE CHANCELLOR mused as he nibbled his pen
(Sure no Minister ever looked wiser),
And said, “I can summon a million of men
To fight for their country and Kaiser;

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. God, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  2. Apatnaput-apat (44), herbert guitang
  3. Schoon Poepske, Madrason writer
  4. Your Heart To Mine, Michael P. McParland
  5. Motivation, Kim Lee
  6. A life without pain, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  7. BLUE, Soumita Sarkar Ray
  8. Mental Torment, Kim Lee
  9. Волшебная прогулка по лесу., Alexander Smetanin
  10. To Be A Man Is Most Important, Bijay Kant Dubey
[Hata Bildir]