Leslie Coulson

(1889 - 1916 / England)

From the Somme


In other days I sang of simple things,
Of summer dawn, and summer noon and night,
The dewy grass, the dew wet fairy rings,
The larks long golden flight.

Deep in the forest I made melody
While squirrels cracked their hazel nuts on high,
Or I would cross the wet sand to the sea
And sing to sea and sky.

When came the silvered silence of the night
I stole to casements over scented lawns,
And softly sang of love and love’s delight
To mute white marble fauns.

Oft in the tavern parlour I would sing
Of morning sun upon the mountain vine,
And, calling for a chorus, sweep the string
In praise of good red wine.

I played with all the toys the gods provide,
I sang my songs and made glad holiday
Mow I have cast my broken toys aside
And flung my lute away.

A singer once, I now am fain to weep,
Within my soul I feel strange music swell,
Vast chants of tragedy too deep - too deep
For my poor lips to tell.

Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

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

What do you think this poem is about?



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 (From the Somme by Leslie Coulson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The Shrunken Head, Ronald Peat
  2. SHE - a love poem, Thomas Kay
  3. Upon Me, Edward Kofi Louis
  4. Global Pie-in-the-sky, stephen ifill
  5. Fifty Percent, Tom Higgins
  6. Yamine, Edward Kofi Louis
  7. I want eyes, Nassy Fesharaki
  8. One More For The Road., Tom Higgins
  9. We don't accept anything anytime...., MOHAMMAD SKATI
  10. Tread, read!, Edward Kofi Louis

Poem of the Day

poet Joyce Kilmer

(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.)

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair?
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]