Vasthead Masthead

The James Thomson Poetry Works

The Vasthead
Work Samples
What Others Say
Houston Retro Radio
The Galveston Arrow
The Houston Balloon
Texas Weather
News Fronts
James Thomson
Full Moon Nights
Vast Headroom




THROUGH foulest fogs of my own sluggish soul,
   Through midnight glooms of all the wide world's guilt,
Through sulphurous cannon-clouds that surge and roll
   Above the steam of blood in anger spilt;
Through all the sombre earth-oppressing piles
   Of old cathedral temples which expand
Sepulchral vaults and monumental aisles,
   Hopeless and freezing in the lifeful land;
I gaze and seek with ever-longing eyes
   For God, the Love-Supreme, all-wise, all-good:
Alas! in vain; for over all the skies
   A dark and awful shadow seems to brood,
A numbing, infinite, eternal gloom:
I tremble in the consciousness of Doom.

(Date unknown. Probably written during the 1860's.)


The James Thomson Poetry Works
is a service of The Vasthead.



silhouette of arrow sign with water in background