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Gibson, Wilfrid Wilson    Poet's Biography
166 poems available by this author


A CATCH FOR SINGING    Poem Text    
First Line: Said the old young man to the young old man
Last Line: "but the cherry-tree's in flourish!"


A VISION IN A TEA-SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: His hair lit up the tea-shop like a fire
Last Line: The sons of morning singing together for joy.


AGATHA STEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: You, agatha
Last Line: That I may bear a living child.


AKRA THE SLAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: He thought to see me tremble
Last Line: Lo! ... In the east, the dawn.


AKRA THE SLAVE: INTRODUCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: So long had I travelled the lonely road
Last Line: And crossed the threshold, and kindled the fire.


BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: They ask me where I've been
Last Line: Because he bore my name.
Variant Title(s): Black
Subject(s): Religion; War; World War I; Theology; First World War


BATTLE: 1. THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: He went, and he was gay to go
Last Line: What stranger would come back to me.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


BATTLE: 2. THE DANCERS    Poem Text    
First Line: All day beneath the hurtling shells
Last Line: Above the dreamless dead.


BATTLE: 3. HIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the sparkling sea
Last Line: Among the dead men in the trench.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


BEFORE ACTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit beside the brazier's glow
Last Line: Nor any cold or heat.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


BETWEEN THE LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: When consciousness came back, he found he lay
Last Line: He rose, and crawled away into the night.
Subject(s): World War I - Casualties


BLOODYBUSH EDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: A track, at last, thank god
Last Line: And such a clatter-jaw!


BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: We ate our breakfast lying on our backs
Last Line: Because the shells were screeching overhead.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


BY THE WEIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Ascent of esparto grass - and again I recall
Last Line: You should stand at my shoulder an outcast from eden too.


CHERRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: A handful of cherries
Last Line: Of cherries to pluck.
Subject(s): Cherries; Fruit


COLOR    Poem Text    
First Line: A blue-black nubian plucking oranges
Last Line: In that old heaven where things are what they seem.
Subject(s): Beauty; Blacks


COMRADES    Poem Text    
First Line: As I was marching in flanders
Last Line: "I'll bear you company."
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


DAFFODILS    Poem Text    
First Line: He liked the daffodils. He liked to see
Last Line: And he would give them all to have him back.


DAILY BREAD: PREFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: All life moving to one measure
Last Line: "love, are there not crumbs to treasure?"
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


DAILY BREAD: PRELUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: As one, at midnight, wakened by the call
Last Line: Surge with the life-song of humanity.
Variant Title(s): Proem


DEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: This day last year I heard the curlew calling
Last Line: Down slack and syke.


DEVIL'S EDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: All night I lay on devil's edge
Last Line: The baby snuggling to her breast.


FIRES: PROEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Snug in my easy chair
Last Line: The man who hews the coal to feed my fire.


FLANNAN ISLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Though three men dwell on flannan isle
Last Line: Who thought on three men dead.
Subject(s): Lighthouses


FOR G.    Poem Text    
First Line: All night under the moon
Last Line: Rapturous voices of love in the hush of the night.
Subject(s): Desire; Love


FRIENDS: PROEM    Poem Text    
First Line: He's gone / I do not understand
Last Line: And he was gone.
Variant Title(s): Battle: The Going;the Going
Subject(s): Brooke, Rupert (1887-1915); Death; Poetry & Poets; Soldiers' Writings; Dead, The


GERANIUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Stuck in a bottle on the window-sill
Last Line: Nor need to barter blossoms for a bed.
Subject(s): Flowers; Geraniums


GIRL'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw three black pigs riding
Last Line: And throbbing through my heart.


GOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the mallet thudded far below
Last Line: With aching arms I beat fine gold for bread


HILL-BORN    Poem Text    
First Line: I sometimes wonder if it's really true
Last Line: On the green ridges of the windy gile.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


HIS FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I quite forgot to put the spigot in
Last Line: Before he gets me told about that beer!


HIS MATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hi-diddle-diddle
Last Line: I struggled to my knees and pulled the trigger.


HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Her hands are never quiet
Last Line: Polly. She's had her wish.


HOME: 1. RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the brown bird-haunted eaves of thatch
Last Line: We two, o love, had won to home ere night.
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOME: 2. CANDLELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Where through the open window I could see
Last Line: Into the starry night you breathed my name.
Subject(s): Home


HOME: 3. FIRELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Against the curtained casement wind and sleet
Last Line: Diviner dreams the years shall yet fulfil.
Subject(s): Home


HOME: 4. MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the midnight pillars of black elms
Last Line: Till I, too, sink in slumber sound and deep.
Subject(s): Home


HOOPS    Poem Text    
First Line: And then consider camels: only think
Last Line: The purple pussies all caterwaul at once.


IN A RESTAURANT    Poem Text    
First Line: He wears a red rose in his buttonhole
Last Line: On rose-red seas of melody aswim.
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


IN THE AMBULANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two rows of cabbages
Last Line: "two of kidney-beans."
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


IN THE MEADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The smell of wet hay in the heat
Last Line: He'd look into a woman's eyes.


IN THE ORCHESTRA    Poem Text    
First Line: He'd played each night for months; and never heard
Last Line: Fiddled on, dreaming of her quietly.


LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: We who are left, how shall we look again
Last Line: Nor feel the heart-break in the heart of things?
Subject(s): Peace; World War I; First World War


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw you, seated on a horse's head
Last Line: The unseeing circle of funereal faces.


LIVELIHOOD: PROEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Audrey, these men and women I have known
Last Line: In old incredible days before your birth.
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


MABEL    Poem Text    
First Line: When nigger dick and hell-for-women slouched
Last Line: Shaking the darkness from his shaggy coat.


MAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Neck-deep in mud
Last Line: And laughed like mad.


MAKESHIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: And after all, 'twas snug and weather-tight
Last Line: In the first glory of the morning light.


MANGEL-WURZELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Last year I was hoeing
Last Line: For you don't hoe mangel-wurzels with a gun.


MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Going my way of old
Last Line: Night after night.
Subject(s): Marriage; Religion; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Theology


MATES    Poem Text    
First Line: Nay, lass! I cannot turn him
Last Line: [she picks up the basket and can, and runs out after him.]


MOONING IN THE MOONLIGHT       


NIGHT (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly kindling the skylight's pitchy square
Last Line: And I breathe again.


NIGHT (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Vesuvius, purple under purple skies
Last Line: Show thee again, re-orient, crowned with light!


NIGHTMARE    Poem Text    
First Line: They gave him a shilling
Last Line: The boy who's my son.


OBLIVION    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the great pyramid, unshadowed, white
Last Line: Than that blind white oblivion of noon skies.


ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Against the green flame of the hawthorn-tree
Last Line: Beneath her purple feather.
Subject(s): Hampstead Heath, London


ON THE EMBANKMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Down on the sunlit ebb, with the wind in her sails, and free
Last Line: My heart is a hopeless lad in gaol.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


ON THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Marrried!' he says
Last Line: [he leads them to the turning of the road.]


ON THE THRESHOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: No more of love, lad! We are wedded folk
Last Line: That you and I must travel, side by side.


OTTERBURN    Poem Text    
First Line: The lad who went to flanders
Last Line: And never will return.
Subject(s): Death; Flanders, Belgium; Military; Soldiers; War; Dead, The


PARTNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: He'd got to see it through. Ay, that was plain
Last Line: For there was some one tapping at the door.


PROMETHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: All day beneath the bleak indifferent skies
Last Line: Quick fire enough to set his world alight.
Subject(s): Fire


RAGAMUFFINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Few folk like the wind's way
Last Line: Singing, storm or shine.


RAINING    Poem Text    
First Line: The night I left my father said
Last Line: I'm thinking the old man was right.


RED FOX    Poem Text    
First Line: I hated him ... His beard was red
Last Line: Good watch, the night her son was born.


RETREAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Broken, bewildered by the long retreat
Last Line: "all-heal and willowherb and meadowsweet."
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Red roses floating in a crystal bowl
Last Line: Red roses floating in a crystal bowl.
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


RUPERT BROOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your face was lifted to the golden sky
Last Line: Tarry by that old garden of your delight.
Subject(s): Brooke, Rupert (1887-1915); Poetry & Poets; Soldiers' Writings; World War I - Casualties


SALVAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: So suddenly her life
Last Line: A toy gun and a copper coffee-pot.


SEA CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wind-flicked and ruddy her young body glowed
Last Line: In cold moon-coloured immortality.


SIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: By the lamplit stall I loitered, feasting my eyes
Last Line: I heard the tapping of a blind man's stick.
Subject(s): Sight


SPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: And such a morning for cubbing
Last Line: We're out for and after to-day!


STONEFOLDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is ralph there?
Last Line: Nicholas. Yet another day!


STONEFOLDS: INTRODUCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The ragged heather-ridge is black
Last Line: I lose myself in starry space.


STOW-ON-THE-WOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I met an old man at stow-on-the-wold
Last Line: "and each was a tall and a lively lad."
Subject(s): Death - Children; Fathers & Sons; Soldiers; Sons; War; Death - Babies


STRAWBERRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Since four she had been plucking strawberries
Last Line: And pluck to go on gathering strawberries.


SUMMER-DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, lad, get up, or we'll be late
Last Line: Together into the dawn.]


TENANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly, out of the dark and leafy ways
Last Line: Within its walls, were sleeping in our bed.


THE ALARUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Stark to the skin, I crawled a knife-edged blade
Last Line: And heard the crazy clanging of a bell.


THE BAYONET    Poem Text    
First Line: This bloody steel
Last Line: That dying squeal.


THE BETROTHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Why, frances, you're not gone
Last Line: Frances. I will not leave you.


THE BLAST-FURNACE    Poem Text    
First Line: And such a night! But maybe in that mood
Last Line: And men had got to take things as they came.


THE BLIND ROWER    Poem Text    
First Line: And since he rowed his father home
Last Line: The dead, who steered his blind son home.
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


THE BRIDAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Wife, welcome home!
Last Line: Come, take your seat.


THE BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: All morning they had quarrelled, as they worked
Last Line: "come, robert, cuddle closer, lad, it's cold."


THE CALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The best of luck
Last Line: Come, lads.


THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: He's gone
Last Line: Gazing at the sky beyond the chimney-stacks.]


THE CRANE    Poem Text    
First Line: The biggest crane on earth, it lifts
Last Line: Went whirling through the starry sky.
Subject(s): Cranes (Machines)


THE DANCERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Neath a thorn as white as snow
Last Line: Dance, above the dancing sea.


THE DANCING SEAL    Poem Text    
First Line: When we were building skua light
Last Line: For ever and for evermore.
Subject(s): Seals (Animals)


THE DOCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: He'd soon be home. The car was running well
Last Line: Alone, and hungry newborn babies crying.


THE DREADNOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Breasting the tide of the traffic, the 'dreadnought' comes
Last Line: Sits kissing her hand to the drivers who follow behind.


THE DROVE-ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas going to snow - 'twas snowing! Curse his luck
Last Line: Even the best rum tasted better, shared.
Subject(s): Cattle


THE ELM    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind had caught the elm at last
Last Line: Behind him with a stick, the limb!


THE FAMILY'S PRIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: She has not stirred
Last Line: Katherine. Death has pitied her.


THE FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: That was his sort
Last Line: And cut him short.
Subject(s): Fathers; World War I; First World War


THE FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not fear to die
Last Line: Lest I wake up dead.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE FERRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The river's in full-spate
Last Line: Door, and nothing is heard but the noise of the waters.]


THE FIRSTBORN    Poem Text    
First Line: The boats are in
Last Line: Miriam. And our son.


THE FLUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Good night!' he sang out cheerily
Last Line: "good-night!"" and yet again, ""good-night!"
Subject(s): Flutes


THE FURNACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard the doctor go
Last Line: Child. He is not frightened now.


THE GARRET    Poem Text    
First Line: You ... Adah ... Here!
Last Line: Will all be stretching their long necks, and crowing.


THE GORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In dream, again within the clean, cold hell
Last Line: Beneath a blinding sky, one blaze of sun.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE GREETING    Poem Text    
First Line: What fettle, mate?' to me he said
Last Line: "what fettle, mate?"


THE HARE    Poem Text    
First Line: My hands were hot upon a hare
Last Line: Or need to dread the dreams of night.
Subject(s): Animals; Rabbits; Hares


THE HOUSE OF CANDLES    Poem Text    
First Line: The house was dark
Last Line: And the breath of morning sweeps through the room.]


THE HOUSEWIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: She must go back, she said
Last Line: Into the night, shells falling thick and fast.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE ICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Her day out from the workhouse-ward, she stands
Last Line: She, who's been old, is now a child again.
Subject(s): Old Age; Women


THE ICE CART    Poem Text    
First Line: Perched on my city office-stool
Last Line: Of that intolerable street.


THE JOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: He'd even have his joke
Last Line: And now god knows when I shall hear the rest!
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE LAMP    Poem Text    
First Line: She couldn't bring herself to bar the door
Last Line: Smiling, she fell asleep.


THE LARK    Poem Text    
First Line: A lull in the racket and brattle
Last Line: Is drowned in the shattering brattle.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE LIGHTHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as my watch was done, the fog had lifted
Last Line: While through the window stole the strange, clear light of day.


THE LILAC TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I planted her the lilac tree
Last Line: They thought upon the dead.


THE LODESTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: From hag to hag, o'er miles of quaking moss
Last Line: Of that old man, forlorn beside the bed.


THE LODGING HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: When up the fretful, creaking stair
Last Line: To seek a home I know not where.


THE MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since thursday he'd been working overtime
Last Line: As, hand in hand, they wandered through the night.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Machinery & Machinists; Work; Workers


THE MESSAGES    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot quite remember - there were five
Last Line: "whispered their dying messages to me...."
Subject(s): World War I - Casualties


THE MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: They found her cold upon the bed
Last Line: Would buy her houseroom in the end.


THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You are not going, surely
Last Line: Annie. Yes, he sleeps sound.


THE NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: The buzzer boomed, and instantly the clang
Last Line: They parted, with their news as yet untold.


THE NIGHT-SHIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: My son
Last Line: A fine big boy he is.


THE OLD BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Streaming beneath the eaves, the sunset light
Last Line: Upon the bed of bridal, birth and death.
Subject(s): Beds


THE OLD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The boat put in at dead of night
Last Line: Upon my father's empty chair.


THE OLD NAIL SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt of wings, - and waked to hear
Last Line: "I'll wear the yellow beads to-night."


THE OLD PIPER    Poem Text    
First Line: With ears undulled of age, all night he heard
Last Line: As though still listening to the otterburn.


THE OPERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: You're late tonight
Last Line: Back to the bedroom.]


THE ORPHANS    Poem Text    
First Line: At five o'clock one april morn
Last Line: "and broken up the home."
Subject(s): Orphans; Foundlings


THE OVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: He trailed along the cinder-track
Last Line: "god knows whom I may wake to-night."


THE PESSIMIST    Poem Text    
First Line: His body bulged with puppies - little eyes
Last Line: "when no one wants these little dogs of mine."
Subject(s): Pessimism


THE PLATELAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Tapping the rails as he went by
Last Line: But he was tired, and it must wait.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE PLOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: He sniffed the clean and eager smell
Last Line: His young hand to the ploughshare too.


THE QUEEN'S CRAGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all the lazy louts
Last Line: She doesn't hold with owls, and such like.


THE QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder if the old cow died or not
Last Line: Till doomsday if the old cow died or not.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE QUIET    Poem Text    
First Line: I could not understand the sudden quiet
Last Line: Among the other dead.


THE RAGGED STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: As I was walking with my dear, my dear come back at last
Last Line: I'll not be walking with my dear next year, nor yet alone.
Subject(s): Death; Fear; Legends; Love; Stones; War; World War I; Dead, The; Granite; Rocks; First World War


THE REEK    Poem Text    
First Line: Tonight they're sitting by the peat
Last Line: Across the belgian snow.


THE ROCKLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ay, he must keep his mind clear - must not think
Last Line: And her grave eyes kindling with kindly light.


THE SCAR    Poem Text    
First Line: So, you are back
Last Line: Margaret. Only time will tell.


THE SHAFT    Poem Text    
First Line: He must have lost his way, somehow. 'twould seem
Last Line: As, close at hand, there came an answering shout.


THE SHIRT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ay, lass, the shirt's for will
Last Line: I'll always hear...


THE SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Tin-tinkle-tinkle-tinkle, went the bell
Last Line: "and, father, all the little pigs were black!"


THE SLAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Among bleak hills of mounded slag they walked
Last Line: In one fierce, fiery flood of joy.


THE SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as the school came out
Last Line: "and hear him say: ""the lad's no fool."


THE STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: And will you cut a stone for him
Last Line: To cut her name upon the stone.
Subject(s): Graves; Stone-cutting; Tombs; Tombstones


THE SWEET-TOOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Taking a turn after tea
Last Line: Timothy under the crab-apple tree.


THE SWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas jolly, swinging through the air
Last Line: For ever through that shining weather!


THE TRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Humming and creaking, the car down the street
Last Line: Made one by the awe that had come to pass.


THE VINDICTIVE STAIRCASE, OR THE REWARD OF INDUSTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a doomed and empty house in houndsditch
Last Line: In a damned and ghostly house in houndsditch!


THE VIXEN MADE FOR DEADMAN'S FLOW       


THE VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: At sunrise, swimming out to sea
Last Line: And answer that sweet calling.
Subject(s): Parents; Sea; Parenthood; Ocean


THE VOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Does he ever remember
Last Line: As quiet as death?


THE WHISPERERS    Poem Text    
First Line: As beneath the moon I walked
Last Line: "and his shadow walks alone."


THE WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: That night she dreamt that he had died
Last Line: And they were sleeping, side by side.


THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: To the lean, clean land, to the last cold height
Last Line: Will slit your weasand, and mine.


THE WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: You, mother
Last Line: Hetty. He's coming back.


THOROUGHFARES. SOLWAY FORD    Poem Text    
First Line: He greets you with a smile from friendly eyes
Last Line: While gold and sapphire fish swim overhead.


TO E.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: The night we saw the stacks of timber blaze
Last Line: Drawn from the bottomless midnight of hell's ways.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


TREES (TO LASCELLES ABECROMBIE)    Poem Text    
First Line: The flames half lit the cavernous mystery
Last Line: Soaring immortal to eternal skies.


VICTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I watched it oozing quietly
Last Line: His life was running out.


WHEELS    Poem Text    
First Line: To safety of the curb he thrust the crone
Last Line: His young wife gravely knitting by his side.


WILLIAM DENIS BROWNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Night after night we two together heard
Last Line: The severing deep.


WINTER DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The men are long away
Last Line: And I must tell him that his son is home.


WOMENKIND    Poem Text    
First Line: It's nearly three
Last Line: Ay: we're a faithless lot.


WOOLGATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Youth that goes woolgathering
Last Line: Comes of youth's woolgathering.