David Gascoyne

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

Perpetual Winter Never Known


When the light falls on winter evenings
And the river makes no sound in its passing
Behind the house, is silent but for its cold
Flowing, its reeds frozen stiffer than glass
How can one anticipate the dawn, a sudden
Blazing of sunlight thawing the harshest sky?
How can one not remember summer evenings?
Must not the tired heart sink and must not fear
Bite, like an acid, wrinkles in its stone?


Behind drawn curtains, gazing at the fire,
Think how the earth spins dumb and bound
By iron chains of frost through death-still air;
And how in every street the sealed windows
And orange cubes of firelight, how in houses
Cuckoo-clocks imitate the spring, candles are
Suns. Perpetual winter never known,
Families warm their hands and wait, nor
Ever doubt the season's transience.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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

Read poems about / on: winter, river, summer, spring, remember, house, fire, fear, sky, death, light, heart, family

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 (Perpetual Winter Never Known by David Gascoyne )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. Inspiration, Henry David Thoreau
  8. Be Kind, Charles Bukowski
  9. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  10. A Poison Tree, William Blake

Poem of the Day

poet Henry David Thoreau

Whate'er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God leaves alone.

If with light head erect I sing,
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Lament Before The Eve, lingering stupor
  2. Sons of the nature, gajanan mishra
  3. The Death of Poetry, Bijay Kant Dubey
  4. Christmas Scene, Salim R Javed
  5. Girls are not a burden.A sweet conversat.., Salim R Javed
  6. Night, Leong Ming Loong
  7. The Tired Smile, Leong Ming Loong
  8. Blood and Gore, Leong Ming Loong
  9. Expressly For A Friend..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  10. Welcome Love, Sari Mavi
[Hata Bildir]