Broken Arch

Broken Arch

 

 

The will of unfettered Moors it was

Broke scattered amidst the hoary stems

Ancient snow-white reeds they were

Their bending heads

Dismal conductors

To the rank and rattle

Of thundering skies

 

To the awkward sonnet of winging geese

She bent her head

Tears of heaven

In brunette braided rivulets

Cling their sodden threads

Forlorn

Of white cotton summer dress

 

And by the broken arch

Where once the temple of kisses she met

She sought to rest

But no sanctuary there

From the stammered storm of her wintered heart

She bleeds her sorrow

Into an empty cup

 

The boys have gone a marching

Down to the port

Where the robbing waves

Were gathering their steal

In rank and file

To beat out the drum of never more

And return afloat on splintered wood

Those heroes now of battles field

 

Nothing now

Save the cold kiss of stone

In the fallen grandeur of an ancient church

Nothing now

But the rain filled font

And the alter of sacrificed love

Nothing but the old twist of Ivy

To grip an hold her still

 

And the dark lonely will

Of the unfettered Moor

Hears between the cracks and tombs

Another anguished wail

To scratch the laden clouds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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