Robert Laurence Binyon

(1869-1943 / England)

The Junipers - Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon

Gray the slow sky darkens
Over the downland track
Where the long valley closes
Under a smooth hill's back.

The slope is darkly sprinkled
With ancient junipers,
Each a small, secret tree:
There not a breath stirs.

I fear those waiting shapes
Of wry, blue--berried wood.
They make a twilight in my mind,
As if they drained my blood,

As if a spirit were prisoned
Within each writhen stem,
And no one knows their kindred
Nor what frustrated them.

Along the empty valley
Like a ghost go I;
My footsteps and my beating heart
Nothing signify,

Lost into nameless ages
That come, slow cloud on cloud,
From history's beginning
And all the future shroud.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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