Arthur Symons

(28 February 1865 – 22 January 1945 / Milford Havens, Wales)

In The Stalls


My life is like a music-hall,
Where, in the impotence of rage,
Chained by enchantment to my stall,
I see myself upon the stage
Dance to amuse a music-hall.

'Tis I that smoke this cigarette,
Lounge here, and laugh for vacancy,
And watch the dancers turn; and yet
It is my very self I see
Across the cloudy cigarette.

My very self that turns and trips,
Painted, pathetically gay,
An empty song upon the lips
In make-believe of holiday:
I, I, this thing that turns and trips!

The light flares in the music-hall,
The light, the sound, that weary us;
Hour follows hour, I count them all,
Lagging, and loud, and riotous:
My life is like a music-hall.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Saturday, December 03, 2011

Form:


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

Read poems about / on: music, dance, believe, song, light, life

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 (In The Stalls by Arthur Symons )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 21 Points Alistair Graham (12/24/2013 2:56:00 AM)

    My Beef


    I


    Marvellous collection of cooked meat
    animals fed on grass as green as crayons

    Blood-red joker markings on my upper lip
    fair-trade organic grape this evening

    I walk with a cigarette to the garden
    holy smoke about geraniums on the window sill

    The seductive leaves, black ink on velvet
    the blossom hues draw me close
    for love

    I stroll to the fenced shrub garden
    sit on the bench
    funnel smoke through my lips
    at brown snails on the wall


    II


    The Frigidaire meat selection
    I slice the beef and roll it
    on my tongue

    I will greet tomorrow
    I shall decide the attire
    although part of the day
    may hold me in chains

    I will eat the tongue of an ox
    I will bellow bronzed words
    onto 48 sheets
    throughout Belfast (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. A Homage To The Freedom Fighters Of India, Raja Basu
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. A Poison Tree, William Blake
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. Gun, Rage'n Curtis
  8. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  9. Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda
  10. The Choice, Edith Nesbit

Poem of the Day

poet Oscar Wilde

(In memoriam
C. T. W.
Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards
obiit H.M. prison, Reading, Berkshire
July 7, 1896)

I

He did not wear his scarlet coat,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Ruth Stone

 

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. My First Poem, Emelita C. Smith
  2. diMinNuTiVe, sEaN nOrTh
  3. I Am A Boat, Paul Gerard Reed
  4. Peace#01, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  5. hav em kill - BIG Chief di$bEliEf, sEaN nOrTh
  6. We Ate Beans., Tony Adah
  7. Letting Go, favour ugwumba
  8. Paw, saw, raw, law!, Edward Kofi Louis
  9. नोँखौ मोजां मोन्नायल' नङा, Ronjoy Brahma
  10. - Μαέστρος, Giorgio A. V.
[Hata Bildir]