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Poem by Oscar Wilde



		Les Silhouettes

	The sea is flecked with bars of grey,
	The dull dead wind is out of tune,
	And like a withered leaf the moon
Is blown across the stormy bay. 

	Etched clear upon the pallid sand
	Lies the black boat: a sailor boy
	Clambers aboard in careless joy
With laughing face and gleaming hand.

	And overhead the curlews2 cry,
	Where through the dusky upland grass
	The young brown-throated reapers pass,
Like silhouettes against the sky.


		La Fuite de la Lune

	To outer senses there is peace,
	A dreamy peace on either hand
	Deep silence in the shadowy land,
Deep silence where the shadows cease.

	Save for a cry that echoes shrill
	From some lone bird disconsolate;
	A corncrake4 calling to its mate;
The answer from the misty hill. 

	And suddenly the moon withdraws
	Her sickle from the lightening skies,
	And to her sombre cavern flies,
Wrapped in a veil of yellow gauze.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's other poems:
  1. Queen Henrietta Maria
  2. Sonnet on Hearing the Dies Irae Sung in the Sistine Chapel
  3. Double Villanelle
  4. Urbs Sacra Æterna
  5. Sonnet Written in Holy Week at Genoa

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson Impressions ("A swift, successive chain of things")

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