Poetry

Michael Longley

Poetry_Michael-LongleyWhen he was billeted in a ruined house in Arras

And found a hole in the wall beside his bed

And, rummaging inside, his hand rested on Keats

By Edward Thomas, did Edmund Blunden unearth

A volume which ‘the tall, Shelley-like figure’

Gathering up for the last time his latherbrush,

Razor, towel, comb, cardigan, cap comforter,

Water bottle, socks, gas mask, great coat, rifle

And bayonet, hurrying out of the same building

To join his men and march into battle, left

Behind him like a gift, the author’s own copy?

When Thomas Hardy died his widow gave Blunden

As a memento of many visits to Max Gate

His treasured copy of Edward Thomas’s Poems.

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