The Airman Who Flew Over Shakespeare's England
A nation of hayricks spotting the green solace
And thrones of thatch ruling a yellow kingdom
In the green lands, the white nation of sheep.
And the woodlands,
Red, the delicate tribes of roebuck, doe
A senate of steeples guarding the slaty and gabled
While aloof the elder houses hold a secret
To the north, a wall touching two stone-grey reaches
A circle of stones; then to the south a chalk-white
To the north, the wireless towers upon the cliff.
The powerhouse, and monstrous constellations
To the north, the pilgrims along the holy roads
And southward, the road to Shottery, shining
Over the castle of Warwick frightened birds
And on the bridge, faces upturned to a roaring
Copyright © by the Estate of Hyam Plutzik. All rights reserved.
Hyam Plutzik was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1911. During his lifetime, he published three poetry collections: Aspects of Proteus (Harper and Row, 1949), Apples from Shinar (Wesleyan University Press, 1959; 2011), and Horatio (Atheneum, 1961), all three of which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Other published works include Hyam Plutzik: The Collected Poems (BOA Editions, 1987) and Letter from a Young Poet (Trinity/Watkinson/Books & Books, 2016). He died in 1962.
Date Published: 2014-09-03
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/airman-who-flew-over-shakespeares-england