Thursday, October 02, 2014

Balancing the Scourge of War in Autumn

When does it ever change? When does 'manunkind' ever finish with his collecting of power and influence? Amy Lowell published her poem below 96 years ago. When will we ever learn?


Canada geese on Stoney Run with harvest wheat field behind

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight;
The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves
The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves,
And the houses ran along them laughing out of square, open windows.
Under a tree in the park,
Two little boys, lying flat on their faces,
Were carefully gathering red berries
To put in a pasteboard box.
Some day there will be no war,
Then I shall take out this afternoon
And turn it in my fingers,
And remark the sweet taste of it upon my palate,
And note the crisp variety of its flights of leaves.
To-day I can only gather it
And put it into my lunch-box, for I have time for nothing
But the endeavour to balance myself
Upon a broken world.

September, 1918
Amy Lowell