Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Swallow - Poem by Padraic Colum

HE knows Queen Lab, her isle,
And black, enormous Kaf,
The Swallow, and 'Allah'
He cries

As into Giaour lands
With Dervish faith and rite,
Hueless, a Saracen,
He flies.

Like scimitars his wings,
And, all unluminous,
Black, like a genie's thought,
His eyes.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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