Emmanuel George Cefai

Gold Star - 35,573 Points (12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

Ah! The Ravages Of Time! - Poem by Emmanuel George Cefai

Ah! the ravages of time!
Ah! the ravages of age!
The snows more cruel will not be
Against the frozen faces of the rocks
Hard grey and black supporting them:
Nor will the nights more severe stand
Where shielding clouds elude
The frowning of the heavens; the disconsolation of solitude.

Vessels have foundered on shores and seas
And then their splendor lay in wrecks
Disjointed wood; melting paint; and shattered glass:
And all the paraphernalia of all wrecks:
I will never rest until I climb
The mount of sacrifice from where I look
Upon the wrecks of all I built and made
In previous years and burning youth and fray
Then will I have a little rest and then
I will my pinions throw at heaven’s face.

Then one long cry desperate and wild
After minutes of realization will I throw:
The jug I built and which I threw to earth
I see and weep - and yet not tears come
Nor words by which unlock my heart:

This me, this wreck, this hopeless case and wild.

Comments about Ah! The Ravages Of Time! by Emmanuel George Cefai

  • Daniel BrickDaniel Brick (12/20/2016 2:27:00 PM)

    A poem from over five years ago and for a Lyric Poet, those five years could have thr impact of a century because T-I-M-E is our worst enemy. As your poem details it tears down the things we build and celebrate and even before we are dust it turns what we create, what we love, what we were in our heyday into dust, so we must witness the futility of our endeavor and acknowledge TIME IS THE MASTER OF ALL. // All that remains for us is to echo Antigone's speech after the gods take her father into their realm:

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 3, 2011

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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