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Martin Carter

Rookie (1927-1997 / Guyana)

This is the dark time, my love


This is the dark time, my love,
All round the land brown beetles crawl about
The shining sun is hidden in the sky
Red flowers bend their heads in awful sorrow
This is the dark time, my love,
It is the season of oppression, dark metal, and tears.
It is the festival of guns, the carnival of misery
Everywhere the faces of men are strained and anxious
Who comes walking in the dark night time?
Whose boot of steel tramps down the slender grass
It is the man of death, my love, the stranger invader
Watching you sleep and aiming at your dream.

Submitted: Sunday, December 23, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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  • Rookie Jezeann Williams (12/6/2013 8:58:00 PM)

    This has always been one of my favourite poems. It was no doubt a class favourite in my high school's literature class. Love this and not sure why it isn't included in the top 500 poems list. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jo Cover (6/15/2010 9:19:00 PM)

    THIS POEM STAYED WITH ME SINCE HIGH SCHOOL GREAT IMAGERY
    YOU CAN ALMOST FEEL THE SENSE OF FEAR
    THE DREARINESS IS TANGIBLE (Report) Reply

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