new zealand electronic poetry centre

 

Robin Hyde


The Conquerors And Other Poems
 

The Forsaken
 
These we may help no more. They have slipped from our hands
              Like the shining sands
Of the castles we builded in childhood. The wind and the tide
              Will not he denied
Not though a King cry "Halt!" to the hurrying waters,
To the streaming manes that are grasped by the Nereid daughters.

These we must leave for the kites, in the secret strife
              Of a quarrelling life.
Spent is their golden laughter. Haggard and poor
              They shall pass by our door
And it may be that out of their breaking, some music is wrung,
But never for us has the strange blind wanderer sung.


 
 
 


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Last updated 11 September, 2003