Sunday, January 22, 2012

Also known as the Church Avenue Bound G train at 3 AM

Gustave Courbet. Self Portrait/The Desperate Man

Sonnet: On Being Cautioned Against Walking On an Headland Overlooking the Sea, Because It Was Frequented By a Lunatic

by Charlotte Smith

Is there a solitary wretch who hies
To the tall cliff, with starting pace or slow,
And, measuring, views with wild and hollow eyes
Its distance from the waves that chide below;
Who, as the sea-born gale with frequent sighs
Chills his cold bed upon the mountain turf,
With hoarse, half-uttered lamentation, lies
Murmuring responses to the dashing surf?
In moody sadness, on the giddy brink,
I see him more with envy than with fear;
He has no nice felicities that shrink
From giant horrors; wildly wandering here,
He seems (uncursed with reason) not to know
The depth or the duration of his woe.


Kula said...

Ha! I. Love. This! All too true:0) G Train, otherwise known as the "rape train"

Jenna Schold said...

Thanks Kula! Yes, when and if it decided to come. Still, I have the fondest memories