Phillip Edward Thomas

Gone, Gone Again

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Gone, gone again,
May, June, July,
And August gone,
Again gone by,

Not memorable
Save that I saw them go,
As past the empty quays
The rivers flow.


And now again,
In the harvest rain,
The Blenheim oranges
Fall grubby from the trees


As when I was young
And when the lost one was here
And when the war began
To turn young men to dung.


Look at the old house,
Outmoded, dignified,
Dark and untenanted,
With grass growing instead


Of the footsteps of life,
The friendliness, the strife;
In its beds have lain
Youth. love, age, and pain:


I am something like that;
Only I am not dead,
Still breathing and interested
In the house that is not dark:-


I am something like that:
Not one pane to reflect the sun,
For the schoolboys to throw at -
They have broken every one.

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