Harold Monro

(14 March 1879 - 16 March 1932 / Brussels)

Great City - Poem by Harold Monro

When I returned at sunset,
The serving-maid was singing softly
Under the dark stairs, and in the house
Twilight had entered like a moon-ray.
Tune was so dead I could not understand
The meaning of midday or of midnight,
But like falling waters, falling, hissing, falling,
Silence seemed an everlasting sound.

I sat in my room,
And watched sunset,
And saw starlight.
I heard the tramp of homing men,
And the last call of the last child;
Then a lone bird twittered,
And suddenly, beyond the housetops,
I imagined dew in the country,
In the hay, on the buttercups;
The rising moon,
The scent of early night,
The songs, the echoes,
Dogs barking,
Day closing,
Gradual slumber,
Sweet rest.

When all the lamps were lighted in the town
I passed into the street ways and I watched,
Wakeful, almost happy,
And half the night I wandered in the street.


Comments about Great City by Harold Monro

  • (11/24/2017 3:40:00 PM)


    I love this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/22/2017 7:22:00 AM)


    Yeah, the city during evening hour when silence is going to fall slowly and street lamps are lit very nicely penned. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/22/2017 7:18:00 AM)


    Scent! ! Echoes of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/22/2017 4:32:00 AM)

    tom allport
    restless thoughts of being some where else? (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/22/2017 3:48:00 AM)


    Nice poem................ thanks for sharing...... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/22/2017 1:00:00 AM)

    Excellent Poem
    Congrats for Potd n I m going to add to my favourite poems. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010



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