on the banks of the Oise




~ imPRESSions ~


Author's Notes/Comments: 

A good friend of mine was born on July 27 and so was one of my sisters; only realised that tragedy struck on that same day in the 1890s, during my great grandfather's days.

Starward's picture

That fifth couplet is very

That fifth couplet is very wise, very astute, and very shrewd.  The whole poem implies quite a backstory about that tragedy your note mentions.

Enjoy effulgent days, and exquisite nights,

unto the exultations of Heaven.


crypticbard's picture

That was quite a challenge,

That was quite a challenge, the fifth couplet, as to structural dynamic and effecting organic unity rather than just tossing up a salad of thought and image. It is also an exploration on how to bring about the poetry of of historical personages and events that have more than one point of view or interpretation, i.e., in the case of Jack the Ripper to mention a quite obvious case. Most of our information comes from time honoured acceptance even if there are other versions of the truth available as in the historical accuracy of Shakespearean literature, et al. How we are remembered and 'peddled' isn't hardly ever within our power to manage or control. The world will choose to remember they way it suits. Thanks kindly.

here is poetry that doesn't always conform