Eric Ratcliffe

Rookie (Aug 8,1918 / Teddington, England)

Eric Ratcliffe Poems

1. Ashram 6/4/2004
2. Roman Silchester 6/4/2004
3. The Coming Of The Tribe 6/4/2004
4. Corpse 6/3/2004
5. The Dreaming Townswoman 6/7/2004
6. Nuclear Heritage 6/4/2004
7. Flower-Girl, Isleworth Hospital 6/7/2004
8. Antelope Girl 6/7/2004
9. Eucia The Briton Greets The Dawn 6/8/2004
10. For Mary (Lost April 5th,1988) 5/25/2004
11. Naked River Spy 54 Bc 6/9/2004
12. Advent Ii 6/14/2004
13. Century House 6/7/2004
14. Sleep 6/6/2004
15. Advent Iii 6/15/2004
16. Advent Iv 6/16/2004
17. Advent Vi 6/17/2004
18. The Throw 6/4/2004
19. The Passing Of The Tribe 6/5/2004
20. Lady Kneeling For Holy Communion 6/5/2004
21. Cave Love 6/4/2004
22. God And Mammon 6/4/2004
23. On Air 6/4/2004
24. Outside The Roman Palace At Fishbourne Ad 75 6/6/2004
25. Cyclic Adam 6/4/2004
26. Nurse, Teddington Hospital 6/3/2004
27. On Words 6/4/2004
28. Humility Of The Sea Gods 6/5/2004
29. Old Fragrance 6/7/2004
30. Before The Puffin Swam 6/5/2004
31. Escape Of The Slave Girl 6/5/2004
32. The Green Man 6/7/2004
33. The Maiden Of The Moon's Boat 6/6/2004

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Best Poem of Eric Ratcliffe

The Passing Of The Tribe

Leaving my helmet on shale,
I will stretch my brown right hand,
taking a sword out of mist,
a cold limb from a hollow sea.

Though with my sword I would be one other
clashing through singing thunder,
ringing steel orchards,
simian I will come to a grave,
kneeling to a lament of spears,
remembering by green music
how children of my lemon land,
praying into the heart of night,
put out pinniform arms to the stars
and whispered of avenues of roses.

How sunlight failed the good pear tree
and country virgins knelt their eyes
from milk ...

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Humility Of The Sea Gods

Of the northland wind
I told my green daughter,
and of the red wine
that sometimes came down
from broken men.

To the northland sky
through a vertical sea
she rode six glass fish

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