Richard Aldington

(8 July 1892 – 27 July 1962 / Portsmouth, Hampshire)

Richard Aldington Poems

1. Epilogue 1/3/2003
2. The Poplar 1/3/2003
3. Lemures 1/3/2003
4. Images 1/3/2003
5. At The British Museum 1/3/2003
6. Prelude 1/3/2003
7. Goodbye! 1/3/2003
8. Daisy 1/3/2003
9. Bombardment 1/3/2003
10. Round-Pond 1/3/2003
11. The Faun Sees Snow For The First Time 1/3/2003
12. Childhood 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Richard Aldington

Childhood

I

The bitterness. the misery, the wretchedness of childhood
Put me out of love with God.
I can't believe in God's goodness;
I can believe
In many avenging gods.
Most of all I believe
In gods of bitter dullness,
Cruel local gods
Who scared my childhood.

II

I've seen people put
A chrysalis in a match-box,
"To see," they told me, "what sort of moth would come."
But when it broke its shell
It slipped and stumbled and fell about its prison
And tried to climb to the light
For space to dry its wings.

That's how I ...

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