Anne Barbara Ridler

(30 July 1912 – 15 October 2001 / Rugby, England)

The Cranes


We thought they were gulls at first,
while they were distant-
The two cranes flying out of a natural morning,
They circled twice about our house and sank,
Their long legs drooping, down over the wood.
We saw their wings flash white,
Frayed at the black tip,
And heard their harsh cry, like a rusty screw.

Down in the next field, shy and angular,
They darted their long necks in the grass for fish.
They would not have us close, but shambled coyly,
Ridiculous, caught on the ground. Yet our fields
Under their feet became a fen: the sky
That was blue July became watery November,
And echoing with the cries of foreign birds.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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

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 (The Cranes by Anne Barbara Ridler )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. Alone, Maya Angelou
  9. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Alone, Modou George
  2. Circles Of Pain, Margaret Alice Second
  3. We Are Hearts Of Life, Naveed Akram
  4. Glisten & Wait, Nika McGuin
  5. Paddy Murphy Is Fred Astaire, Donal Mahoney
  6. Forgiveness, Eugene Latumbo
  7. Wrapping Paper, Bows, and You, Nika McGuin
  8. The imperfect world, Cyrus Shaftang
  9. Marriage, Marlin Nightingale
  10. Ruins الاطلال, MOHAMMAD SKATI
[Hata Bildir]