William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

In Rotten Row - Poem by William Ernest Henley

In Rotten Row a cigarette
I sat and smoked, with no regret
For all the tumult that had been.
The distances were still and green,
And streaked with shadows cool and wet.

Two sweethearts on a bench were set,
Two birds among the boughs were met;
So love and song were heard and seen
In Rotten Row.

A horse or two there was to fret
The soundless sand; but work and debt,
Fair flowers and falling leaves between,
While clocks are chiming clear and keen,
A man may very well forget
In Rotten Row.


Comments about In Rotten Row by William Ernest Henley

  • (7/27/2016 12:03:00 AM)


    Two sweet hearts on a bench were set
    Two birds among the boughs were met,
    So love and song were heard and seen
    In rotten row.
    Excellent flight of imagery. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • (11/18/2015 10:38:00 PM)


    .........excellent write...rhymes nicely ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010



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