Ivor Gurney

(1890-1937 / England)

Smudgy Dawn - Poem by Ivor Gurney

Smudgy dawn scarfed in military colours
Northward, and flowing wider like slow sea water,
Woke in lilac and elm and almost among garden flowers.
Birds a multitude; increasing as it made lighter.
Nothing but I moved by railings there; slept sweeter
Than kings the country folk in thatch or slate shade,
Peace had the grey West, fleece clouds sure in its power,
Out on much-Severn I thought waves readied for laughter
And the fire-swinger promised behind elm pillars
A day worthy such beginning to come after.

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  • Brian Jani (5/3/2014 4:36:00 AM)

    Wow I like this one, interesting title too (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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