The Heavenly City

By Stevie Smith 1902–1971 Stevie Smith
I sigh for the heavenly country,
Where the heavenly people pass,
And the sea is as quiet as a mirror
Of beautiful beautiful glass.
 
I walk in the heavenly field,
With lilies and poppies bright,
I am dressed in a heavenly coat
Of polished white.
 
When I walk in the heavenly parkland
My feet on the pasture are bare,
Tall waves the grass, but no harmful
Creature is there.
 
At night I fly over the housetops,
And stand on the bright moony beams;
Gold are all heaven’s rivers,
And silver her streams.

Stevie Smith, “The Heavenly City” from Stevie Smith Collected Poems. Copyright © 1983 by Stevie Smith. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Stevie Smith Collected Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1983)

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Poet Stevie Smith 1902–1971

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Trees & Flowers, Social Commentaries

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Calling Stevie Smith's Not Waving but Drowning "the best collection of new poems to appear in 1957," Poetry contributor David Wright observed that "as one of the most original women poets now writing [Stevie Smith] seems to have missed most of the public accolades bestowed by critics and anthologists. One reason may be that not only does she belong to no 'school'—whether real or invented as they usually are—but her work is so . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Trees & Flowers, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION England

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