A Dried Up River Is Like The Soul

by Malcolm Lowry

Malcolm Lowry

A dried up river is like the soul
Of a poet who can’t write, yet perceives
With imperfect clarity his theme and grieves
To parched death over the drought. But his goal
Once a wholesome sea of clearest crystal
Recedes, grows grey in Hartseye, like old love leaves,
Leaves the mind altogether. He conceives
Nothing to replace it: only at the pole
Of memory flickers some senseless compass
So the river, by her grey pitying trees
Is agony of stones, horrors which sank
But are now declared, bleached.For it is these,
These stones and nothingnesses wich possess
When river is a road and mind a blank.

Last updated September 29, 2022