Gillian Clarke

(1937 / Cardiff / United Kingdom)

Flood - Poem by Gillian Clarke

When all's said, and done,
if civilisation drowns
the last colour to go
will be gold -
the light on a glass,
the prow of a gondola,
the name on a rosewood piano
as silence engulfs it.

And first to return
to a waterlogged world,
the rivers slipping out to sea,
the cities steaming,
will be gold,
one dip from Bellini's brush,
feathers of angels, Cinquecente nativities,
and all that follows.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 10, 2015



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