Leslie Holdsworth Allen

(21 June 1879 – 5 January 1964 / Victoria / Australia)

Memnon - Poem by Leslie Holdsworth Allen

When I was a burst of thunder
Born on the Nubian cliffs,
And the sands flashed white in wonder,
And in Khem the curious glyphs
Shone out from the cavern-tombs
On the huddled bats in the glooms,
’Mid the great stone kings I rumbled
That sit by the river-brinks,
And my sand-clouds eddied and tumbled
Round the old stare of the Sphinx;
Then with harsh-throated cries
I burst on Memnon’s eyes.
The force of me made no quiver
In that earth-ancient gaze;
I felt my raging shiver
And shrink to desert-haze,
And heard in the dawning gold
The stillness of music old.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2012



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