Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Plovers - Poem by Padraic Colum

THE Plovers fly and cry around,
Unguided, nestless, without bourn,
Wandering and impetuous,
Turning and flying to return.

These wild birds seen on Ireland's ground
I name upon Hawaiian beaches
Estrayents, they, of all lands' ends,
They have the oceans for their reaches.

My thoughts are like the Plovers' flight,
Unguided, nestless, without bourn,
Wandering and impetuous,
Turning and flying to return.


Comments about Plovers by Padraic Colum

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (11/7/2015 1:50:00 PM)

    That last stanza describes thoughts so well, their flighty nature, their restless, unsettled nature (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010



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