The Herring Weir

Original Text: 
Selected Poems of Sir Charles G. D. Roberts (Toronto: Ryerson, 1936): 100. PS 8485 O22A17 Robarts Library.
1Back to the green deeps of the outer bay
2    The red and amber currents glide and cringe,
3    Diminishing behind a luminous fringe
4Of cream-white surf and wandering wraiths of spray.
5Stealthily, in the old reluctant way,
6    The red flats are uncovered, mile on mile,
7    To glitter in the sun a golden while.
8Far down the flats, a phantom sharply grey,
10    Slowly the tide forsakes it. Then draws near,
11    Descending from the farm-house on the height,
12A cart, with gaping tubs. The oxen toil
13    Sombrely o'er the level to the weir,
14    And drag a long black trail across the light.


9] weir: a fence underwater at high tide that traps fish as the tide runs out. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.