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    Keith Douglas - Canoe - Clive James


    by poetictouch

    Clive James reads Canoe by Keith Douglas - BBC 10 April 2014.

    by Keith Douglas (1920-1944)

    Well, I am thinking this may be my last
    summer, but cannot lose even a part
    of pleasure in the old-fashioned art
    of idleness. I cannot stand aghast

    at whatever doom hovers in the background:
    while grass and buildings and the somnolent river,
    who know they are allowed to last forever,
    exchange between them the whole subdued sound

    of this hot time. What sudden fearful fate
    can deter my shade wandering next year
    from a return? Whistle and I will hear
    and come again another evening, when this boat

    travels with you alone toward Iffley:
    as you lie looking up for thunder again,
    this cool touch does not betoken rain;
    it is my spirit that kisses your mouth lightly.