Cecil Day-Lewis

[Nicholas Blake] ((1904-1972) / Queen's County, Ireland)

The Conflict

I sang as one
Who on a tilting deck sings
To keep their courage up, thought the wave hangs
That shall cut off their sun.

As storm-cocks sing,
Flinging their natural answer in the wind's teeth,
And care not if it is waste of breath
Or birth-control of spring.

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