Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 8, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Hunger

by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943).

 

Hunger

 

I come among the peoples like a shadow.

I sit down by each man’s side.

None sees me, but they look on one another,

And know that I am there.

My silence is like the silence of the tide                         5

That buries the playground of children;

Like the deepening of frost in the slow night,

When birds are dead in the morning.

Armies trample, invade, destroy,

With guns roaring from earth and air.                           10

I am more terrible than armies,

I am more feared than the cannon.

Kings and chancellors give commands;

I give no command to any;

But I am listened to more than kings                             15

And more than passionate orators.

I unswear words, and undo deeds.

Naked things know me.

I am first and last to be felt of the living.

I am Hunger                                                                          20

 

Notes:

http://encyclopedia.stateuniversity.com/pages/337/-Robert-Laurence-Binyon.html

http://dev.hil.unb.ca/Texts/EPD/UNB/view-works.cgi?c=binyonro.1596&pos=6


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