Learn More

James Martin Devaney

(31 May 1890 - 14 August 1976 / Sandhurst, Victoria)

Outlines


The tufted gums along the rise
Stand black against the evening skies.
And in the red west sombreing
As daylight dies,
A simple moon-the loveliest thing.
I love outlines. It may be
Some old wise heritage in me,
For well we know that finite mind
Calls for the bounded and defined.
Though random fancy loves to range
The aimless mists of dawn, and strange
Lovely illusions in the sky
That charm and lie,
Something there is in mortal man
Must have a margin and a plan;
And Truth the tyrant has decreed
For human need,
Limit and form since thought began.
This long bold mountain line is true,
But not those changing whims I see
Gleamy and vague and visionary
In air-built blue.
Deep in the soul we understand
Our nature's mystical demand
For the old sane austerities:
O pilgrim of a homeless land,
Hold fast to these.
Across the stumbling centuries
The eyes of men turn backward still
To a firm Cross upon a hill.

Submitted: Monday, May 07, 2012

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

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 (Outlines by James Martin Devaney )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Christmas Carol, Sara Teasdale
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. ETC2, shuvo chakraborty
  2. A falling leaf, Manthra Hariharan
  3. Christmas Invite, Francisco R. Albano
  4. My Lord, abdulrazak aralimatti
  5. Jaundice jaundice, gajanan mishra
  6. Home coming, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  7. Repetition Compulsion Syndrome, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  8. ETC1, shuvo chakraborty
  9. Gamble with faith, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  10. Brain is the link., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
[Hata Bildir]