David Gascoyne

(10 October 1916 - 25 November 2001 / London / England)

Orpheus In The Underworld


Curtains of rock
And tears of stone,
Wet leaves in a high crevice of the sky:
From side to side the draperies
Drawn back by rigid hands.

And he came carrying the shattered lyre,
And wearing the blue robes of a king,
And looking through eyes like holes torn in a screen;
And the distant sea was faintly heard,
From time to time, in the suddenly rising wind,
Like a broken song.

Out of his sleep, from time to time,
From between half open lips,
Escaped the bewildered words which try to tell
The tale of his bright night
And his wing-shadowed day
The soaring flights of thought beneath the sun
Above the islands of the seas
And all the deserts, all the pastures, all the plains
Of the distracting foreign land.

He sleeps with the broken lyre between his hands,
And round his slumber are drawn back
The rigid draperies, the tears and wet leaves,
Cold curtains of rock concealing the bottomless sky.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: sky, song, sleep, wind, sea, time, sun, night, 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 (Orpheus In The Underworld by David Gascoyne )

Enter the verification code :

  • Barry Curtis (12/2/2006 12:16:00 PM)

    This poem and Gascoyne's YVES TANGUY are two of the finest mind-reverberating poems in the English language. I wish his work was more easily
    available in the U.S. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The Keladi People, Ismim Putera
  2. 159. The Book of my Life, John Westlake
  3. Words were golden, hasmukh amathalal
  4. The Allen Chronicles, Romella Kitchens
  5. My eyes, Cee Bea
  6. E-rated poemier-all us, Elvis Airohi
  7. April Woman, Salma Jayyusi
  8. The Ship of Love, Salma Jayyusi
  9. Censorious Ignorance, michael walkerjohn
  10. Ludio ludius Lego, michael walkerjohn

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Sonnet I, Sir John Suckling
  7. Cross, Langston Hughes
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]