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June

Francis Ledwidge 1887 (Slane) – 1917 (Boezinge)

Broom out the floor now, lay the fender by,
  And plant this bee-sucked bough of woodbine there,
 And let the window down. The butterfly
Floats in upon the sunbeam, and the fair
Tanned face of June, the nomad gipsy, laughs
Above her widespread wares, the while she tells
The farmers' fortunes in the fields, and quaffs
 The water from the spider-peopled wells.
The hedges are all drowned in green grass seas,
  And bobbing poppies flare like Elmo's light,
 While siren-like the pollen-staind bees
 Drone in the clover depths. And up the height
The cuckoo's voice is hoarse and broke with joy.
 And on the lowland crops the crows make raid,
Nor fear the clappers of the farmer's boy,
Who sleeps, like drunken Noah, in the shad
And loop this red rose in that hazel ring
That snares your little ear, for June is short
 And we must joy in it and dance and sing,
And from her bounty draw her rosy worth.
Ay! soon the swallows will be flying south,
The wind wheel north to gather in the snow,
Even the roses spilt on youth's red mouth
Will soon blow down the road all roses go.

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Francis Ledwidge

Francis Edward Ledwidge was an Irish war poet from County Meath. more…

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