Treasure Island

Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

Flight


On silver sand where ripples curled
I counted sea-gulls seven;
Shy, secret screened from all the world,
And innocent as heaven.
They did not of my nearness know,
For dawn was barely bright,
And they were still, like spots of snow
In that pale, pearly light.

Then one went forth unto the sea
That rippled up in gold,
And there were rubies flashing free
From out its wing-unfold;
It ducked and dived in pretty play,
The while the other six
So gravely sat it seemed that they
Were marvelled by its tricks.

Then with a sudden flurry each
Down-rushed to join its mate,
And in a flash that sickle beach
With rapture was elate.
With joy they pranked till everyone
Was diamonded with spray,
Then flicked with flame to greet the sun
They rose and winged away.

But with their going, oh, the surge
Of loss they left in me!
For in my heart was born the urge,
The passion to be free.
And where each dawn with terror brings
Some tale of bale and blight,
Who would not envy silver wings,
The sea-gull in its flight!

Let me not know the soils of woe
That chain this stricken earth;
Let me forget the fear and fret
That bind men from their birth;
Let me be the one with wind and sun,
With earth and sky and sea. . . .
Oh, let me teach in living speech
God's glory - Liberty.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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: silver, sea, beach, loss, birth, passion, snow, sun, rose, fear, joy, heaven, wind, sky, light, god, world

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 (Flight by Robert William Service )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. O Beija-flor, Von Kimball Barney
  2. A Sincere Apology, Tirupathi Chandrupatla
  3. Leaves in Colors, Tirupathi Chandrupatla
  4. Never Give Up, Lilly Emery
  5. sterilization process of our modern system, Anthony Cavuoti
  6. Kopje onder, Madrason writer
  7. five past three, Pradip Chattopadhyay
  8. Trapdoor, Pradip Chattopadhyay
  9. Gans Veer, Madrason writer
  10. Be What You Are, Lilly Emery

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. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. The Conclusion, Sir Walter Raleigh
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]