Power and Conflict Poetry Quotes

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  • Power and Conflict Poetry
    • Ozymandias
    • London
    • The Prelude
    • My Last Duchess
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade
    • Exposure
    • Storm On The Island
    • Bayonet Charge
    • Remains
    • Poppies
    • War Photographer
    • Tissue
    • The Emigree
    • Kamikaze
    • Checking Out Me History
  • "Round the decay/ Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare"
  • "The lone and level sands stretch far away"
  • "Sneer of cold command"
  • "Marks of weakness, marks of woe"
  • "In every cry of every man,/ In every infant's cry of fear,/ In every voice: in every ban"
  • "How the youthful harlot's curse/ Blasts the new-born infant's tear"
  • "With purpose of its own/ And measured motion like a living thing,/ Strode over me"
  • "A huge peak, black and huge,/ As if with voluntary  power instinct,/ Upreared its head"
  • "It was an act of stealth/ And troubled pleasure"
  • "She thanked men, - good! but thanked/ Somehow - I know not how"
  • "Looking as if she were alive"
  • "I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together"
  • "Canons to right of them/ Canons to left of them/ Canons in front of them"
  • "Into the jaws of death/ Into the mouth of hell"
  • "Theirs not to make reply/ Theirs not to reason why/ Theirs but to do and die"
  • "Stormed at with shot and shell/ While horse and hero fell"
  • "Merciless iced east winds that knife/ us..."
  • "Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army"
  • "But nothing happens"
  • "Pale flakes with lingering stealth come feeling for our faces"
  • "Spits like a tame cat/ Turned savage"
  • "Bombarded with the empty air"
  • "Exploding comfortably down on the cliffs/ But no"
  • "Sweating like molten iron from the centre of his chest"
  • "King, honour, human dignity, etcetera/ Dropped like luxuries in a yelling alarm"
  • "Running/ like a man who has jumped up in the dark"
  • "Lugged a rifle numb as a smashed arm"
  • "He's here in my head when I close my eyes,/ Dug in behind enemy lines"
  • "The drink and the drugs won't flush him out"
  • "His bloody life in my bloody hands"
  • "I traced/ The inscriptions on the war memorial,/ leaned against it like a wishbone"
  • "I went into your bedroom,/ Released a song bird from its cage"
  • "All my words/ flattened, rolled, turned into felt,//slowly melting"
  • "As though this were a church and he/ a priest preparing to intone a Mass"
  • "He is finally alone/ with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows"
  • "what was paid by credit card/ might fly our lives like paper kites"
  • "through the shapes that pride can make,/ find a way to trace a grand design"
  • "I comb its hair and love its shining eyes"
  • "My shadow falls as evidence of sunlight"
  • "That child's vocabulary I carried here/ like a hollow doll, opens and spills a grammar"
  • "They accuse me of absence, they circle me"
  • "Little fishing boats/ strung out like bunting"
  • "Only we children still chatter and laughed/ till gradually we too learned/ to be silent"
  • "The dark price, muscular, dangerous"
  • "Dem tell me"
  • "Bandage up me eye with me own history/ blind me with me own identity"
  • "A healing star/ among the wounded/ a yellow sunrise/ to the dying"
  • "But now I checking out me own history/ I carving out me identity"

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