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
Best Poem of Eric Ratcliffe

The Maiden Of The Moon's Boat

Behind these yellow leaves I see the maiden of the moon's boat,
her smile straying, her light throat bent over the path of suffering.
Inside a convent of trees she rides, the Bride of my God,
floating a silver mile below her shining side,
as I, like these many branches, open my heart to her.

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Old Fragrance

Halting and walikng in strange dead seasons
through the weak light of ghost Octobers,
surrendered to the final lute
they sing from melodies unborn

They have chanted how they remembered
the first sleeping diamonds of dew
on the white flowers left weeping
by the wall in the graveyard dawn.

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