Emmanuel George Cefai

Veteran Poet - 2,801 Points (12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

‘Tis given us to roam the earth


‘Tis given us to roam the earth
As broken-hearted ghosts
The sun-rays will too strong be for our eyes
And in the pale moon-light
The lakes will on their bosoms want
Our feet to glide and skim the waters wild.


The flame, the flame of life still burns
I wonder how: so many sufferings
Have assailed it: I know not how
The flame of life still burns:

And we still roam the earth
As broken-hearted ghosts
The winter frost doth pity take on us
The summer heat suspends
Where it sees us: and the green Spring
Brings birds and lays to us:

Still our ear hears, still the note
Of the dark nightingale in the lost wood
Strikes our heart and thrills our marrow cold
With a sweet thrill we felt full years ago

The flame of life still burns
The flame of life still burns.

Submitted: Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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