Airship Over Suburb

J. C. Squire 1884 (Plymouth) – 1958




A smooth blue sky with puffed motionless clouds.
  
Standing over the plain of red roofs and bushy trees
The bright coloured shell of the large enamelled sky.
  
Out of the distance pointing, a cut dark shape
That moves this way at leisure, then hesitates and turns:
And its darkness suddenly dies as it turns and shows
A gleaming silver, white against even the whitest cloud.
  
Across the blue and the low small clouds it moves
Level, with a floating cloud-like motion of its own,
Peaceful, sunny and slow, a thing of summer itself,
Above the basking earth, travelling the clouds and the sky.
  
  
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

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Scheme X XA XXXX XXXA
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 590
Words 108
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 1, 2, 4, 4

J. C. Squire

Sir John Collings Squire was a British poet, writer, historian, and influential literary editor of the post-World War I period. His writings mostly discuss common experiences. more…

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