I Dreamed of England Returned to Herself
Jun 21, 2017
This note came from Mary Angela when she submitted this poem: “I wrote this poem after just looking at the beautiful indexes to my old anthologies on English literature... and I guess it got mixed in with all the immense tragedies that have lately befallen England both in London, in Manchester and with the sorrowful high rise apartment fire just a few days ago and even the Queen whose birthday I think is officially today is not celebrating. But I wrote this poem and I felt it was hope for all the beauty England has represented especially in her literature so rich and varied and irreplaceable in all of world literature and I felt it could also be some kind of hope possibly.”
I dreamed of England returned to herself
and the cherry carol branching
I will leap up to God, my God
fell to his knees and understood
the sea of faith is verging in the dark.
silent, rank on rank and lilting,
and all their words
while ancient wounds
Mary Angela Douglas is a poet originally from Little Rock, Arkansas now residing in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
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