Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

(19 July 1902 - 13 May 1962 / Birkenhead, England)

Arthur Seymour John Tessimond Poems

1. Symphony In Red 4/17/2015
2. Seaport 1/13/2003
3. Wet City Night 1/13/2003
4. Tube Station 1/13/2003
5. One Almost Might 1/13/2003
6. Polyphony In A Cathedral 1/13/2003
7. Quickstep 1/13/2003
8. Night Piece 1/13/2003
9. The British 1/13/2003
10. O 1/13/2003
11. Black Morning Lovesong 3/17/2012
12. Sea 1/13/2003
13. Houses 1/13/2003
14. Never 1/13/2003
15. June Sick Room 1/13/2003
16. To Be Blind 1/13/2003
17. Meeting 1/13/2003
18. Earthfast 1/13/2003
19. The Children Look At The Parents 1/13/2003
20. Last Word To Childhood 1/13/2003
21. Epilogue 1/13/2003
22. One Day 10/1/2006
23. Flight Of Stairs 1/13/2003
24. Chaplin 1/13/2003
25. Nursery Rhyme For A Twenty-First Birthday 1/13/2003
26. Black On Black 1/13/2003
27. Bells, Pool And Sleep 1/13/2003
28. Epitaph On A Disturber Of His Times 1/13/2003
29. Unlyric Love Song 1/13/2003
30. Epitaph For Our Children 1/13/2003
31. Don Juan 1/13/2003
32. Empty Room 1/13/2003
33. Cocoon For A Skeleton 1/13/2003
34. Cats 1 1/13/2003
35. Discovery 1/13/2003
36. Any Man Speaks 1/13/2003
37. Cinema Screen 1/13/2003
38. Music 1/13/2003
39. Betrayal 1/13/2003
40. Attack On The Ad-Man 1/13/2003

Comments about Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

  • Ann Thoson (12/10/2017 4:14:00 AM)

    I am searching for a lovely poem that he wrote about a witch weaving a spiders web which relates how lives are connected by thin threads like a web. I can remember one line
    '....remember the words in the books you are burning' Anyone know it I have been looking for it for years

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  • Tim Devereux (12/16/2014 5:55:00 PM)

    I have a copy of 'England' by A.S.J.Tessimond, enclosed in one of my Dad's WW2 letters to my Mum.
    Interesting, powerful poem. Does anyone know if it is in any of his published collections?

  • Jaye Tee (7/15/2008 6:20:00 AM)

    I have read an interesting poem called Jamaican Bus Ride by A.S.J. Tessimond, but I did not see it on the list of poems above.

    Jamaican Bus Ride
    The live fowl squatting on the grapefruit and the bananas
    in the basket of the copper-coloured lady
    is gloomy but resigned.
    The four very large baskets on the floor
    are in everybody's way,
    as the conductor points out
    loudly, often, but in vain.

    Two quadroon dandies are disputing
    who is standing on whose feet.

    When we stop,
    a boy vanishes through the door marked ENTRANCE;
    but those entering through the door marked EXIT
    are greatly hindered by the fact that when we started
    there were twenty standing,
    and another ten have somehow inserted themselves
    into invisible crannies
    between dark sweating body and body.

    With the odour of petrol
    both excessive and alarming
    we hurtle hell-for-leather
    between crimson bougainvillea blossom
    and scarlet poinsettia
    and miraculously do not run over
    three goats, seven hens and a donkey
    as we pray
    that the driver has not fortified himself
    at Daisy's Drinking Saloon
    with more than four rums:
    or by the gods of Jamaica
    this day is our last!

    By A.S.J. Tessimond, ENGLAND

Best Poem of Arthur Seymour John Tessimond

Day Dream

One day people will touch and talk perhaps
And loving be natural as breathing and warm as
And people will untie themselves, as string is unknotted,
Unfold and yawn and stretch and spread their fingers,
Unfurl, uncurl like seaweed returned to the sea,
And work will be simple and swift
as a seagull flying,
And play will be casual and quiet
as a seagull settling,
And the clocks will stop, and no one will wonder
or care or notice,
And people will smile without reason,
Even in winter, even in the rain.

Read the full of Day Dream


Cats no less liquid than their shadows
Offer no angles to the wind.
They slip, diminished, neat through loopholes
Less than themselves; will not be pinned

To rules or routes for journeys; counter
Attack with non-resistance; twist
Enticing through the curving fingers
And leave an angered empty fist.

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