Philip Hoom

Rookie (1968 / Orkney)

Pencilling Skies - Poem by Philip Hoom

Left to unravel on canvas
a small child with ambitions
of matyrdom, superherodom,
aerodromes and cavernous spaces
landlocked and lovelorn
taken by rolling yellow hills,
green veldt and grassy marshlands
capturing the outlines of youth
in carefree watercolours
earthy, pastoral trenchant swathes
of animals in their element
untamed and unfettered
by a conditioned landscape
whatever comprises a future man
is here
between the easel and the imagination
in painting, emotions are crystal
the world inherent, unremote.
these fields will come to be my sepulchre,
these canvases my mortal footprint
my immortal footprint
revealing more
of who I once was and came to be
than any collection of photographs
or verbal assembly of prose
whatever I am is in the brushstrokes
in the pencilling of unguarded skies
that I am working from.
there is who I am.


Comments about Pencilling Skies by Philip Hoom

  • (12/14/2006 1:43:00 PM)


    you use to many big words, when many small words will do just fine. you seem to want to act like you know something, by all the big words that you use, slow down write simple, and your work will be simple and easy to understand (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Friday, January 13, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, January 13, 2006


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]