Treasure Island

Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

De Gustibus---


I.

Your ghost will walk, you lover of trees,
(If our loves remain)
In an English lane,
By a cornfield-side a-flutter with poppies.
Hark, those two in the hazel coppice---
A boy and a girl, if the good fates please,
Making love, say,---
The happier they!
Draw yourself up from the light of the moon,
And let them pass, as they will too soon,
With the bean-flowers' boon,
And the blackbird's tune,
And May, and June!

II.

What I love best in all the world
Is a castle, precipice-encurled,
In a gash of the wind-grieved Apennine
Or look for me, old fellow of mine,
(If I get my head from out the mouth
O' the grave, and loose my spirit's bands,
And come again to the land of lands)---
In a sea-side house to the farther South,
Where the baked cicala dies of drouth,
And one sharp tree---'tis a cypress---stands,
By the many hundred years red-rusted,
Rough iron-spiked, ripe fruit-o'ercrusted,
My sentinel to guard the sands
To the water's edge. For, what expands
Before the house, but the great opaque
Blue breadth of sea without a break?
While, in the house, for ever crumbles
Some fragment of the frescoed walls,
From blisters where a scorpion sprawls.
A girl bare-footed brings, and tumbles
Down on the pavement, green-flesh melons,
And says there's news to-day---the king
Was shot at, touched in the liver-wing,
Goes with his Bourbon arm in a sling:
---She hopes they have not caught the felons.
Italy, my Italy!
Queen Mary's saying serves for me---
(When fortune's malice
Lost her---Calais)---
Open my heart and you will see
Graved inside of it, ``Italy.''
Such lovers old are I and she:
So it always was, so shall ever be!

Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 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: house, girl, june, sea, tree, moon, green, red, water, lost, wind, light, world, flower, hope

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 (De Gustibus--- by Robert Browning )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

New Poems

  1. I had shied away, hasmukh amathalal
  2. Shoemaker, Gaurav Juyal
  3. King Serpentine, Gaurav Juyal
  4. The clouds and the child, Thampi KEE
  5. To My Princess, Abekah Emmanuel
  6. Those sensations تلك الاحاسيس, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  7. The God gives, hasmukh amathalal
  8. Small fishes, Melikhaya Zagagana
  9. When you're old, JJ Evendon
  10. The story of the soap, Melikhaya Zagagana

Poem of the Day

poet Sir Walter Raleigh

EVEN such is Time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with earth and dust;
   Who in the dark and silent grave,
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Love Is, Deborah Kelley
  10. Gray Room, Wallace Stevens

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]