3 Poems

by Andrew Thornton-Norris (June 2019)


Jeffrey's Cave, Cy Gavin, 2015
 
When I See
 
When I see the sadness of my child
I am reminded of the sadness of
My parents when I was a child and when
The current heats the circuit from my heart
 
Up to my eyes and then I hear the gulls
And taste the sea I am reminded of
The sadness that is mine all on my own
That led me to eternal joy and peace
 
 
The Jack Pine, Tom Thomson, 1916-17
 
Autumn
 
In this the autumn of our days as sleep
Exhausts us more and more and fields that fade
Away in light that shines within our hearts
Throughout the endless night that is our day
 
As days and nights draw in among us we
Become more like as one together now
The silhouettes of trees against the mists
Are faces of the ones we love nearby
 
The cars and trucks roll on throughout the night
Remembering that not all sleep like us
The hands turn on and on around the clock
 
In imitation of the spheres so high
As blessed ones in contemplation see
The sight that satisfies eternally



Reunion of Odysseus and Telemachus, Henri-Lucien Doucet
 
Odysseus
 
O thou who calls me back to thee I will
Return upon the calling of the wood
At twilight on a summer’s eve and in
The drear light of dawn that breaks into
 
The comfort of a winter’s home at morn
In light and dark it is your love that calls
Me back again from distant wandering
Just like the cuckoo calling back the spring
 
When love himself is with me, what more do
I need, in pouring rain in city streets
Or summer lanes? But when he leaves me, or
I him, I am need of everything.
 
 
 

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Andrew Thornton-Norris is the author of The Spiritual History of English, described by The London Times as "an enjoyable, erudite and cohesive journey through the history and philosophy of English literature in 150 pithily written pages." He is also an accomplished poet, described by the University Bookman as "refreshingly direct, in contrast to contemporary poets whose poems are like hearing half of a telephone conversation in their elusive allusions, or the poems that are really fragments of prose surrounded by ellipses...[his are] like a Renaissance painting of the Crucifixion falling off a museum wall onto a viewer." His website is at www.thornton-norris.com.

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