Isaac Rosenberg

(25 November 1890 – 1 April 1918 / Bristol / England)

Marching (As Seen From The Left File) - Poem by Isaac Rosenberg

My eyes catch ruddy necks
Sturdily pressed back -
All a red brick moving glint.
Like flaming pendulums, hands
Swing across the khaki -
Mustard-coloured khaki -
To the automatic feet.
We husband the ancient glory
In these bared necks and hands.
Not broke is the forge of Mars;
But a subtler brain beats iron
To shoe the hoofs of death,
(Who paws dynamic air now).
Blind fingers loose an iron cloud
To rain immortal darkness
On strong eyes.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, November 25, 2011


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