Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Thursday Poem


Young Woman Reading by a Window by Delphin Enjolras


From The Ship of Death
5

Build then the ship of death, for you must take
the longest journey, to oblivion.

And die the death, the long and painful death
that lies between the old self and the new.

Already our bodies are fallen, bruised, badly bruised,
already are souls are oozing through the exit
of the cruel bruise.

Already the dark endless ocean of the end
is washing in through the breeches of our wounds,
already the flood is upon us.

O build your ship of death, your little ark
and furnish it with food, with little cakes, and wine
for the dark flight down oblivion.

DH Lawrence
(11th September 1885 - 2nd March 1930)

from the book: Poem for the Day One

2 comments:

Sharon said...

um... to early for me :-)

Sharon said...

It's certainly a tad morose, isn't it!