Treasure Island

Conrad Potter Aiken

(5 August 1889 – 17 August 1973 / Savannah, Georgia)

Evening Song Of Senlin


from Senlin: A Biography


It is moonlight. Alone in the silence
I ascend my stairs once more,
While waves, remote in a pale blue starlight,
Crash on a white sand shore.
It is moonlight. The garden is silent.
I stand in my room alone.
Across my wall, from the far-off moon,
A rain of fire is thrown . . .
There are houses hanging above the stars,
And stars hung under a sea:
And a wind from the long blue vault of time
Waves my curtain for me . . .
I wait in the dark once more,
Swung between space and space:
Before my mirror I lift my hands
And face my remembered face.
Is it I who stand in a question here,
Asking to know my name? . . .
It is I, yet I know not whither I go,
Nor why, nor whence I came.
It is I, who awoke at dawn
And arose and descended the stair,
Conceiving a god in the eye of the sun,—
In a woman's hands and hair.
It is I whose flesh is gray with the stones
I builded into a wall:
With a mournful melody in my brain
Of a tune I cannot recall . . .
There are roses to kiss: and mouths to kiss;
And the sharp-pained shadow of death.
I remember a rain-drop on my cheek,—
A wind like a fragrant breath . . .
And the star I laugh on tilts through heaven;
And the heavens are dark and steep . . .
I will forget these things once more
In the silence of sleep.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: kiss, silence, mirror, rain, wind, dark, alone, star, woman, remember, moon, hair, fire, sleep, heaven, sea, death, sun, song, god

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 (Evening Song Of Senlin by Conrad Potter Aiken )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. October Skies, Judith Emery
  2. So Much This Heart Holds, Rohit Sapra
  3. Jackdaw wonting to break free, Mark Heathcote
  4. You Are My Winter Song, Asma Riaz Khan
  5. In Dreams It Lives, Rohit Sapra
  6. Attitude, Pradip Chattopadhyay
  7. Antidepressants, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi
  8. Eve of Destruction (2014), Anthony Di'anno
  9. ! Struck by the Oner, Alice Vedral Rivera
  10. Haiku 12, Suresh Dogra

Poem of the Day

poet Edmund Spenser

My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. My Love Is Like To Ice, Edmund Spenser
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]