Back To The Land



Out in the upland places,
I see both dale and down,
And the ploughed earth with open scores
Turning the green to brown.
  
The bare bones of the country
Lie gaunt in winter days,
Grim fastnesses of rock and scaur,
Sure, while the year decays.
  
And, as the autumn withers,
And the winds strip the tree,
The companies of buried folk
Rise up and speak with me; -
  
From homesteads long forgotten,
From graves by church and yew,
They come to walk with noiseless tread
Upon the land they knew; -
  
Men who have tilled the pasture
The writhen thorn beside,
Women within grey vanished walls
Who bore and loved and died.
  
And when the great town closes
Upon me like a sea,
Daylong, above its weary din,
I hear them call to me.
  
Dead folk, the roofs are round me,
To bar out field and hill,
And yet I hear you on the wind
Calling and calling still;
  
And while, by street and pavement,
The day runs slowly through,
My soul, across these haunted downs,
Goes forth and walks with you.
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme XAXA BCBC XBXB XDXD XEXE XBXB BFXF XDXD
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 951
Words 189
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Violet Jacob

Violet Jacob (1 September 1863 – 9 September 1946) was a Scottish writer, now known especially for her historical novel Flemington and for her poetry, mainly in Scots. more…

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