Roy Campbell

Rookie (2 October 1901 / Durban, South Africa)

We are Like Worlds by: Roy Campbell


We bear to future times the secret news
That first was whispered to the new-made earth:
We are like worlds with nations in our thews,
Shaped for delight, and primed for endless birth.
We never kiss but vaster shapes possess
Our bodies: towering up into the skies,
We wear the night and thunder for our dress,
While, vaster than imagination, rise
Two giant forms, like cobras flexed to sting,
Bending their spines in one tremendous ring
With all the starlight burning through their eyes,
Fire in their loins, and on their lips the hiss
Of breath indrawn above some steep abyss.
When, like the sun, our heavenly desire
Has turned this flesh into a cloud of fire
Through which our nerves their strenuous lightning fork
Eternity has blossomed in an hour
And as we gaze upon that wondrous flower
We thin the world a beetle on its stalk.

Submitted: Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Edited: Friday, January 23, 2015

Topic of this poem: people

Form:


Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
1 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 (We are Like Worlds by: Roy Campbell by Roy Campbell )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 3 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Hilaire Belloc

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Put God First, Robert Barnett
  2. Te Amé Desde el Primer de los Días, Hebert Logerie
  3. Scales falling, Angell Afinowi
  4. About the Armadillo, Angell Afinowi
  5. Leprosy at the birthday Party, Angell Afinowi
  6. The Journey, Alvin Mingle
  7. Darling, Anthony Di'anno
  8. Bright Shades of Life, Rohit Sapra
  9. Tolstoy's Lament, Bill Lindsay
  10. The valley of Utah, Rekha Mandagere
[Hata Bildir]