Treasure Island

Clive Staples Lewis

(29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963 / Belfast)

Death in Battle


Open the gates for me,
Open the gates of the peaceful castle, rosy in the West,
In the sweet dim Isle of Apples over the wide sea’s breast,

Open the gates for me!

Sorely pressed have I been
And driven and hurt beyond bearing this summer day,
But the heat and the pain together suddenly fall away,
All’s cool and green.

But a moment agone,
Among men cursing in fight and toiling, blinded I fought,
But the labour passed on a sudden even as a passing thought,

And now—alone!

Ah, to be ever alone,
In flowery valleys among the mountains and silent wastes untrod,
In the dewy upland places, in the garden of God,
This would atone!

I shall not see
The brutal, crowded faces around me, that in their toil have grown
Into the faces of devils—yea, even as my own—
When I find thee,

O Country of Dreams!
Beyond the tide of the ocean, hidden and sunk away,
Out of the sound of battles, near to the end of day,
Full of dim woods and streams.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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 (Death in Battle by Clive Staples Lewis )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Change The Inevitable, Tony Adah
  2. Love is a Liquid ~~~ vs.57, Mr. Nobody Nothing
  3. Long before my birth (cavatina), Gert Strydom
  4. Let Me Be Her<3, Nautica Moxley
  5. Absalom, Gert Strydom
  6. Freedom Is Calling, Tony Adah
  7. God and Guru, gajanan mishra
  8. Left Naked And Exposed, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  9. Birth day, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  10. TWILIGHT, Meggie Gultiano

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Randall Jarrell

 

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  4. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. Autumn Song, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]