Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Thanks to Jen at You know ... that blog for hosting our Wednesday Haiku treat. This week the theme is Antique
My entry is inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias which (you may remember :P) goes
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Lost and forgotten
Ozymandias was one of only two poems that I learnt off by heart. Don't ask me why!
A more light hearted one for good measure
Found in the attic,
The kids gasp at the antique.
Just boyhood treasures.
Why not write your own and visit Jen!
Posted by Dominic de Mattos at 14:35