Thomas Hardy

(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

The Last Chrysanthemum


Why should this flower delay so long
   To show its tremulous plumes?
Now is the time of plaintive robin-song,
   When flowers are in their tombs.

Through the slow summer, when the sun
   Called to each frond and whorl
That all he could for flowers was being done,
   Why did it not uncurl?

It must have felt that fervid call
   Although it took no heed,
Waking but now, when leaves like corpses fall,
   And saps all retrocede.

Too late its beauty, lonely thing,
   The season's shine is spent,
Nothing remains for it but shivering
   In tempests turbulent.

Had it a reason for delay,
   Dreaming in witlessness
That for a bloom so delicately gay
   Winter would stay its stress?

- I talk as if the thing were born
   With sense to work its mind;
Yet it is but one mask of many worn
   By the Great Face behind.

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003

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

Form:


Read poems about / on: flower, lonely, winter, summer, work, song, beauty, sun, time, dream

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 Last Chrysanthemum by Thomas Hardy )

There is no comment submitted by members..

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
[Hata Bildir]