Louise Bogan

(August 11, 1897 – February 4, 1970 / Maine)

Roman Fountain


Up from the bronze, I saw
Water without a flaw
Rush to its rest in air,
Reach to its rest, and fall.

Bronze of the blackest shade,
An element man-made,
Shaping upright the bare
Clear gouts of water in air.

O, as with arm and hammer,
Still it is good to strive
To beat out the image whole,
To echo the shout and stammer
When full-gushed waters, alive,
Strike on the fountain's bowl
After the air of summer.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,704 Points Terry Craddock (10/10/2014 5:24:00 AM)

    Serendipity Blessings From Roman Fountains Gushing

    Romans long past left heritage fountains
    carved from worked stone cast in bronze
    Romans eyes longed for delight from waters
    mastered worked to achieve graze of swans
    cast bronze fountain was mating of copper tin
    perpetual endless never interrupted water within
    childlike delights minds wet pleasure gushed in
    water without flaw refreshes leaves our soul clean

    water flows leaps dances delight defies cell gravity
    water rushes into air falls to fill fountain bowl cavity
    water shapes springs into air in youthful spontaneity
    water reflects impulsive impulses flexible personality
    water encapsulates an identity date with enticing eternity
    water refreshes embodies good fortune curious serendipity


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Roman Fountain' by Louise Bogan. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,704 Points Terry Craddock (10/9/2014 9:20:00 PM)

    Water Flows From Fountains Gushes

    water flows through pipes
    hidden from fountains gushes
    with released life pressures
    forced up through air gravity
    defying until point of still stall
    gravity hung for momentary
    fleeting split frozen moments
    before arching back ground fall

    fascinating is interaction
    between the cast fountain
    flowing gasps of gushing
    water in penetrated air stilled
    in summer warm air tickling
    in winter cold chill air soaking


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
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  • Gold Star - 21,206 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/9/2014 11:31:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem about the water fountain which the imaginations feels great, (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,704 Points Terry Craddock (9/9/2014 5:17:00 PM)

    Fascinating interaction between the cast fountain and flowing gasps of gushing water air stilled. (Report) Reply

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