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I See The Boys Of Summer - Poem by Dylan Thomas


I see the boys of summer in their ruin
Lay the gold tithings barren,
Setting no store by harvest, freeze the soils;
Theire in their heat the winter floods
Of frozen loves they fetch their girls,
And drown the cargoed apples in their tides.

These boys of light are curdlers in their folly,
Sour the boiling honey;
The jacks of frost they finger in the hives;
There in the sun the frigid threads
Of doubt and dark they feed their nerves;
The signal moon is zero in their voids.

I see the summer children in their mothers
Split up the brawned womb's weathers,
Divide the night and day with fairy thumbs;
There in the deep with quartered shades
Of sun and moon they paint their dams
As sunlight paints the shelling of their heads.

I see that from these boys shall men of nothing
Stature by seedy shifting,
Or lame the air with leaping from its hearts;
There from their hearts the dogdayed pulse
Of love and light bursts in their throats.
O see the pulse of summer in the ice.


But seasons must be challenged or they totter
Into a chiming quarter
Where, punctual as death, we ring the stars;
There, in his night, the black-tongued bells
The sleepy man of winter pulls,
Nor blows back moon-and-midnight as she blows.

We are the dark deniers, let us summon
Death from a summer woman,
A muscling life from lovers in their cramp,
From the fair dead who flush the sea
The bright-eyed worm on Davy's lamp,
And from the planted womb the man of straw.

We summer boys in this four-winded spinning,
Green of the seaweed's iron,
Hold up the noisy sea and drop her birds,
Pick the world's ball of wave and froth
To choke the deserts with her tides,
And comb the county gardens for a wreath.

In spring we cross our foreheads with the holly,
Heigh ho the blood and berry,
And nail the merry squires to the trees;
Here love's damp muscle dries and dies,
Here break a kiss in no love's quarry.
O see the poles of promise in the boys.


I see the boys of summer in their ruin.
Man in his maggot's barren.
And boys are full and foreign in the pouch.
I am the man your father was.
We are the sons of flint and pitch.
O see the poles are kissing as they cross.

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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  3. 3. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  4. 4. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  5. 5. Summer , Alexander Pope
  6. 6. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. Summer , John Clare
  9. 9. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  12. 12. To Summer , William Blake
  13. 13. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  14. 14. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  15. 15. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  17. 17. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  18. 18. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  19. 19. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  20. 20. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  21. 21. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  22. 22. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  24. 24. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  25. 25. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  26. 26. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  27. 27. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  28. 28. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  29. 29. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  30. 30. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  31. 31. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  32. 32. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  33. 33. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  34. 34. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  36. 36. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  37. 37. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  38. 38. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  40. 40. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  41. 41. Summer Evening , John Clare
  42. 42. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Summer Images , John Clare
  45. 45. On The Idle Hill Of Summer , Alfred Edward Housman
  46. 46. Summer Song , George Barker
  47. 47. Summer , Amy Lowell
  48. 48. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
  49. 49. The Summer I Was Sixteen , Geraldine Connolly
  50. 50. Late Summer Fires , Les Murray
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