Thomas Hardy
Dorchester / England

A Christmas Ghost Story.

Rating: 2.8
South of the Line, inland from far Durban,
A mouldering soldier lies--your countryman.
Awry and doubled up are his gray bones,
And on the breeze his puzzled phantom moans
Nightly to clear Canopus: "I would know
By whom and when the All-Earth-gladdening Law
Of Peace, brought in by that Man Crucified,
Was ruled to be inept, and set aside?

And what of logic or of truth appears
In tacking 'Anno Domini' to the years?
Near twenty-hundred livened thus have hied,
But tarries yet the Cause for which He died."
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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 January 2021
CONGRATULATIONS being the Classic Poem Of The Day.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 January 2021
Five *****. So well written. I have enjoyed Thomas Hardy's poem. A bit thought-provoking lines but we all know about Who this is. Great Brilliance!
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Richard Tassinari 29 December 2020
Full of understatement to make his point which I think is a trait of Hardy. Well written.
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Vanidia Ogega 29 December 2020
we have yet to learn and appreciate that sacrifice that was made for us and pass it on. Otherwise, what is the need for us to celebrate Christmas? We have not found the tranquility as we repeat our mistakes time and again.This is a very ingenious poem.
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Matthew 16 November 2020
I need a short poem.
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Richard Banichar 29 December 2019
a shallow perspective on deep questions. Well penned but no new message
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Mahtab Bangalee 29 December 2019
Of Peace, brought in by that Man Crucified, Was ruled to be inept, and set aside? ../// great writing, great feelings of Christmas significance
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Paul Amrod 28 December 2017
The hard realism lacks in a somewhat more romantic view of Human Nature.
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Philip Grabowskii 28 December 2017
Wow. This was a new Hardy for me, but it definitely fits into the dark, pessimistic outlook that I have come to expect and love from him.
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