UKArchive ID: 34921Middling May by prospero
Originally published on May 29, 2015 in Poetry

Just the right time of year to repost this one:-)

Walking down the street in middling May
As twilight faded into darkling day
I had a vision of a coming time;
Of houses all reduced to dust and lime
Of cities lost beneath a coastal flood
And bitter armies wading through bad blood.

If all this one day should come to pass,
If human kind were mown down like grass,
If all the civil world should be destroyed
I doubt if any gods will feel annoyed
Or once regret an earth so much diminished -
Divine experiments are quickly finished.

© prospero (corin on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 34921
Archived comments for Middling May
deadpoet on 30-05-2015
Middling May
This really struck a chord with me this evening. As the wind has been howling all May month and making me feel like the apocalypse was nigh.
I love "middling" and "darkling"- really so descriptive and fits perfectly to the mood you have created Dave.

Pia xx

Author's Reply:
Thankyou Pia. ‘Midllng’ and ‘darkling come from my reading of old poetry etc. Here is a wonderful quote from John Keats’poem ’To a Nightingale’ , when I was ill this was going through my head quite a lot. especially the highlighted lines 🙁

Darkling I listen; and, for many a time
I have been half in love with easeful Death,
Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme,
To take into the air my quiet breath;
>>>>Now more than ever seems it rich to die,
>>>>To cease upon the midnight with no pain,
While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad
In such an ecstasy!
Still wouldst thou sing, and I have ears in vain—
To thy high requiem become a sod.

Warm Wishes


gwirionedd on 03-06-2015
Middling May
Excellent poem! Love the sentiment and imagery.

I would just suggest though, to make the rhythm flow better, that you make it "If all OF this one day", and maybe changed "mown" to a verb with two syllables in it. In any case "mown like grass" is a bit obvious: what else would one mow?

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