Christopher John Brennan

(1 November 1870 – 5 October 1932 / Sydney / Australia)

I Am Driven Everywhere From A Clinging Home - Poem by Christopher John Brennan

I am driven everywhere from a clinging home,
O autumn eves! and I ween'd that you would yet
have made, when your smouldering dwindled to odorous fume,
close room for my heart, where I might crouch and dream
of days and ways I had trod, and look with regret
on the darkening homes of men and the window-gleam,
and forget the morrows that threat and the unknown way.
But a bitter wind came out of the yellow-pale west
and my heart is shaken and fill'd with its triumphing cry:
You shall find neither home nor rest; for ever you roam
with stars as they drift and wilful fates of the sky!


Comments about I Am Driven Everywhere From A Clinging Home by Christopher John Brennan

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (11/30/2015 11:37:00 PM)


    The line 'But a bitter wind came out of the yellow-pale west' reminded me of Edgar Alan Poe, and the last lines

    'and my heart is shaken and fill'd with its triumphing cry:
    You shall find neither home nor rest; for ever you roam
    with stars as they drift and wilful fates of the sky! '

    seem to mirror in a more modern setting the fate of the curse sailor in 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner' ever driven onward, thus I read this several times and valued the poem more richly through associations and deeper more reflective scanning of words and lines. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (11/30/2015 5:26:00 PM)


    It took me a minute to get into his rhythm and style but when I did, I found it soulful and about all of us at one time or another (Report) Reply

  • Shah Surja Shah Surja (11/30/2015 2:18:00 PM)


    beautiful.........poem (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/30/2015 12:05:00 PM)


    You shall find neither home nor rest; for ever you roam
    with stars as they drift and wilful fates of the sky!
    Great imagery in your poem, I liked it...... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (11/30/2015 9:43:00 AM)


    Great work! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/30/2015 4:36:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. Enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 1, 2010



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