Can anyone recognise this fragment please?
" Why are you sighing? "For all the voyages that I did not make, for fear the boat might leak, might take water, might sink" "Why are you crying ?" " For all the ..............
Still desperate to find this-it may be by A.S.J Tessimond, but I cannot find it on lists of his poetry on internet. Books of his poetry are out of print. Maybe this might prompt someone - thanks.
Tried searching for this poem, couldn't find it, good luck with your search.
It is Tessimond, and it's entitled Talk in the Night:
'Why are you sighing?'
'For all the voyages I did not make
Because the boat was small, might leak, might take
The wrong course, and the compass might be broken,
And I might have awoken
In some strange sea and heard
Strange birds crying'.
'Why are you weeping?'
'For all the unknown friends or lovers passed
Because I watched the ground or walked too fast
Or simply did not see
Or turned aside for tea
For fear an old wound stirred
From its sleeping'.
Thanks Zoe and very much obliged Stephen -you have ended a 2 year search. Brilliant.Marcellino.
You're welcome. There's some of his work at the plagiarist.com site now.