Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 25, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Home Thoughts

by Claude McKay  (1889 – 1948).

Home Thoughts (1922)

Oh something just now must be happening there!
That suddenly and quiveringly here,
Amid the city’s noises, I must think
Of mangoes leaning o’er the river’s brink,
And Dexterous Davie climbing high above,
The gold fruits ebon-speckled to remove,
And toss them quickly in the tangled mass
Of wis-wis twisted round the guinea grass;
And Cyril coming through the bramble-track
A prize bunch of bananas on his back;
And Georgie—none could ever dive like him—
Throwing his scanty clothes off for a swim;
And schoolboys, from Bridge-tunnel going home,
Watching the waters downward dash and foam.
This is no daytime dream, there’s something in it,
Oh something’s happening there this very minute!

Notes:
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/mckay/mckay.htm
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/25


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