Image by Caroline Forbes

Winter Garden

Winter Garden

The season's anguish, crashing whirlwind, ice,
Have passed, and cleansed the trodden paths
That silent gardeners have strewn with ash.

The iron circles of the sky
Are worn away by tempest;
Yet in this garden there is no more strife:
The Winter's knife is buried in the earth.
Pure music is the cry that tears
The birdless branches in the wind.
No blossom is reborn. The blue
Stare of the pond is blind.

And no one sees
A restless stranger through the morning stray
Across the sodden lawn, whose eyes
Are tired of weeping, in whose breast
A savage sun consumes its hidden day.


from Selected Poems (Enitharmon Press, 1994), copyright © David Gascoyne 1994, used by permission of the Estate of David Gascoyne and the publisher.

Recordings

David Gascoyne Reading from his poems

1Ecce Homo

2Winter Garden

3I.M. Benjamin Fondane

4Apologia

5A Wartime Dawn

6An Elegy

7The Gravel-Pit Field

8The Sacred Hearth

9Lido Gala Fireworks

10Evening Again

11From Night Thoughts

12Half-an-Hour

13A Further Frontier

14Snow in Europe

15November in Devon

16Prelude to a New Fin-de-Siècle