John Davidson

(11 April 1857 – 23 March 1909 / Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland)

In Romney Marsh


As I went down to Dymchurch Wall,
I heard the South sing o'er the land
I saw the yellow sunlight fall
On knolls where Norman churches stand.

And ringing shrilly, taut and lithe,
Within the wind a core of sound,
The wire from Romney town to Hythe
Along its airy journey wound.

A veil of purple vapour flowed
And trailed its fringe along the Straits;
The upper air like sapphire glowed:
And roses filled Heaven's central gates.

Masts in the offing wagged their tops;
The swinging waves pealed on the shore;
The saffron beach, all diamond drops
And beads of surge, prolonged the roar.

As I came up from Dymchurch Wall,
I saw above the Downs' low crest
The crimson brands of sunset fall,
Flicker and fade from out the West.

Night sank: like flakes of silver fire
The stars in one great shower came down;
Shrill blew the wind; and shrill the wire
Rang out from Hythe to Romney town.

The darkly shining salt sea drops
Streamed as the waves clashed on the shore;
The beach, with all its organ stops
Pealing again, prolonged the roar.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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: beach, sunset, journey, purple, wind, silver, fire, heaven, sea, night, star, rose

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 (In Romney Marsh by John Davidson )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

New Poems

  1. The Business Of Life, Arno Le Roux
  2. Adaptation, maria sudibyo
  3. ব্যস্ততার অবসান, Yakub Ali
  4. Long Drought, maria sudibyo
  5. Rain Season Isn't Yet, maria sudibyo
  6. Paper Assignment, maria sudibyo
  7. 'RAMDAS KESAVADAS', the fraud, dr.k.g.balakrishnan kandangath
  8. A Prayer, Holly Moon
  9. Benevolent Heart, Holly Moon
  10. You Say You Love Me, Holly Moon

Poem of the Day

poet Edgar Allan Poe

"Seldom we find," says Solomon Don Dunce,
"Half an idea in the profoundest sonnet.
Through all the flimsy things we see at once
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Carey York

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  3. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. A Fairy Song, William Shakespeare
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. Dreams, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]