Charles G. D. Roberts

Here you will find the Poem The Herring Weir of poet Charles G. D. Roberts

The Herring Weir

Back to the green deeps of the outer bay 
 The red and amber currents glide and cringe, 
 Diminishing behind a luminous fringe 
 Of cream-white surf and wandering wraiths of spray. 
 Stealthily, in the old reluctant way, 
 The red flats are uncovered, mile on mile, 
 To glitter in the sun a golden while. 
 Far down the flats, a phantom sharply grey, 
 The herring weir emerges, quick with spoil. 
 Slowly the tide forsakes it. Then draws near, 
 Descending from the farm-house on the height, 
 A cart, with gaping tubs. The oxen toil 
 Sombrely o'er the level to the weir, 
 And drag a long black trail across the light.