Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

By The Arno


THE oleander on the wall
Grows crimson in the dawning light,
Though the grey shadows of the night
Lie yet on Florence like a pall.

The dew is bright upon the hill,
And bright the blossoms overhead,
But ah! the grasshoppers have fled,
The little Attic song is still.

Only the leaves are gently stirred
By the soft breathing of the gale,
And in the almond-scented vale
The lonely nightingale is heard.

The day will make thee silent soon,
O nightingale sing on for love!
While yet upon the shadowy grove
Splinter the arrows of the moon.

Before across the silent lawn
In sea-green mist the morning steals,
And to love's frightened eyes reveals
The long white fingers of the dawn

Fast climbing up the eastern sky
To grasp and slay the shuddering night,
All careless of my heart's delight,
Or if the nightingale should die.

Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2001

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

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: lonely, moon, song, green, sea, sky, night, light, heart, love

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 (By The Arno by Oscar Wilde )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

New Poems

  1. The nasty people الهبابير, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  2. The not so cold wind blows, Bill Cantrell
  3. The Swing Door., Harold R Hunt Sr
  4. Unchampioning The Champion, Walter T Rambwi
  5. What they say!, Harold R Hunt Sr
  6. Blue, david kush
  7. A Few Autumn Notes Late October 2014, Daniel Brick
  8. Ficticious, Nicholas Nikolov
  9. Love Is Weak, Tony Adah
  10. Behind the rock of suicide خلف صخرة الان.., MOHAMMAD SKATI

Poem of the Day

poet Charles Stuart Calverley

He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
For forty years from dawn to dark —
Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]