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Poem by Eugene Gladstone O'Neill


Nocturne


The sunset gun booms out in hollow roar
Night breathes upon the waters of the bay
The river lies, a symphony in grey,
Melting in shadow on the further shore.

A sullen coal barge tugs its anchor chain
A shadow sinister, with one faint light
Flickering wanly in the dim twilight,
It lies upon the harbor like a stain.

Silence. Then through the stillness rings
The fretful echo of a seagull's scream,
As if one cried who sees within a dream
Deep rooted sorrow in the heart of things.

The cry that Sorrow knows and would complain
And impotently struggle to express --
Some secret shame, some hidden bitterness --
Yet evermore must sing the same refrain.

Silence once more. The air seems in a swoon
Beneath the heavens' thousand opening eyes
While from the far horizon's edge arise
The first faint silvery tresses of the moon. 

1910

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill


Eugene Gladstone O'Neill's other poems:
  1. Even As a Child
  2. Submarine
  3. Villanelle of Ye Young Poet's First Villanelle to His Ladye and Ye Difficulties Thereof
  4. To Winter
  5. A Regular Sort of a Guy


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Madison Cawein Nocturne ("A disc of violet blue")
  • Arthur Guiterman Nocturne ("The three-toed tree-toad")
  • Emily Johnson Nocturne ("Night of Mid-June, in heavy vapours dying")
  • Countee Cullen Nocturne ("Tell me all things false are true")
  • Gerald Griffin Nocturne ("Sleep that like the couched dove")
  • Abram Ryan Nocturne ("I sit to-night by the firelight")

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