Monday, November 5, 2012

Shadwell Stair

I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair.
       Along the wharves by the water-house,
       And through the cavernous slaughter-house,
I am the shadow that walks there.

Yet I have flesh both firm and cool,
       And eyes tumultuous as the gems
       Of moons and lamps in the full Thames
When dusk sails wavering down the pool.

Shuddering the purple street-arc burns
       Where I watch always; from the banks
       Dolorously the shipping clanks
And after me a strange tide turns.

I walk till the stars of London wane
       And dawn creeps up the Shadwell Stair.
       But when the crowing syrens blare
I with another ghost am lain. 
Wilfred Owen 



girl6 said...

that poem is so Expressively Beautiful... <3

the images & words are burned on a continuous loop in my brain...

now..i'm Really boooing...
but in a Really-Really Wonderful way.... :)

The Creeping Cruds said...

I love coming across these in the more rural areas of TN, where they sometimes don't take them down for months...