When I Woke Poem by Dylan Thomas

When I Woke

Rating: 2.8


When I woke, the town spoke.
Birds and clocks and cross bells
Dinned aside the coiling crowd,
The reptile profligates in a flame,
Spoilers and pokers of sleep,
The next-door sea dispelled
Frogs and satans and woman-luck,
While a man outside with a billhook,
Up to his head in his blood,
Cutting the morning off,
The warm-veined double of Time
And his scarving beard from a book,
Slashed down the last snake as though
It were a wand or subtle bough,
Its tongue peeled in the wrap of a leaf.

Every morning I make,
God in bed, good and bad,
After a water-face walk,
The death-stagged scatter-breath
Mammoth and sparrowfall
Everybody's earth.
Where birds ride like leaves and boats like ducks
I heard, this morning, waking,
Crossly out of the town noises
A voice in the erected air,
No prophet-progeny of mine,
Cry my sea town was breaking.
No Time, spoke the clocks, no God, rang the bells,
I drew the white sheet over the islands
And the coins on my eyelids sang like shells.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Paresh Chakra 28 November 2018

I enjoyed this poem so nice poem

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Paresh Chakra 28 November 2018

I enjoyed this poem

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Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 03 November 2018

So lovely poem..........So. . Nice..... Poem......

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 08 October 2017

Where birds ride like leaves and boats like ducks I heard, this morning, waking, Lovely poem.

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Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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