Poet Thomas Hardy

English author and poet (B:1840-06-02 - D:1928-01-11)

Poems Comments

The Colonel's Solilquy.

"The quay recedes. Hurrah! Ahead we go! . . .
It's true I've been accustomed now to home,
And joints get rusty, and one's limbs may grow
More fit to rest than roam.

"But I can stand as yet fair stress and strain;
There's not a little steel beneath the rust;
My years mount somewhat, but here's to't again!
And if I fall, I must.

"God knows that for myself I've scanty care;
Past scrimmages have proved as much to all;
In Eastern lands and South I've had my share
Both of the blade and ball.

"And where those villains ripped me in the flitch
With their old iron in my early time,
I'm apt at change of wind to feel a twitch,
Or at a change of clime.

"And what my mirror shows me in the morning
Has more of blotch and wrinkle than of bloom;
My eyes, too, heretofore all glasses scorning,
Have just a touch of rheum . . .

"Now sounds 'The Girl I've left behind me,'--Ah,
The years, the ardours, wakened by that tune!
Time was when, with the crowd's farewell 'Hurrah!'
'Twould lift me to the moon.

"But now it's late to leave behind me one
Who if, poor soul, her man goes underground,
Will not recover as she might have done
In days when hopes abound.

"She's waving from the wharfside, palely grieving,
As down we draw . . . Her tears make little show,
Yet now she suffers more than at my leaving
Some twenty years ago.

"I pray those left at home will care for her!
I shall come back; I have before; though when
The Girl you leave behind you is a grandmother,
Things may not be as then."



Poem topics: , , , , , , , , ,

Rate this poem:

Add The Colonel's Solilquy. poem to your favorites

Add Poet Thomas Hardy to your favorites

Popular Poets

Wilfred Owen (30 poems)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (111 poems)
Gamaliel Bradford (4 poems)
Robert Fuller Murray (0 poems)
Jean Valentine (3 poems)
James Martin Devaney (2 poems)
Mariam Haawa (0 poems)
Joseph Hopkinson (1 poems)
Alice Corbin (1 poems)
Joseph Warton (4 poems)

Popular Poems

Hymn 167, by Isaac Watts
Fra Himlen Herrens Aand nedfoer, by Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig
Sight, by Dorothy Parker
Une heure de soir, by Emile Verhaeren
The Oak And Its Branches., by Mary Barber
Interlude: Songs Out Of Sorrow, by Sara Teasdale
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 20, by Amy Lowell
Morning, by Don Marquis
A Memory, by William Allingham
A Villanelle, by Oscar Wilde