Nathan Percy Graham portrait
Percy Graham, 1920,
a posthumous portrait
by Estella Graham

THE POEMS OF N. P. GRAHAM (1895-1920)

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SIGHING the valleys along are the blustering winds,
Shaking the high-towering pines and the mighty-limbed oaks,
Moaning through copses where never the sunlight an opening finds,
Ruffling the rough-rushing torrents and scattering the spray
Of the leaf-laden air by the cliffs and the creeks that lie hid
'Neath the brown-yellow branches and shrivelling leaves in the darkling day.

White mists are wreathing the base of the mountain, and high
In the distance the daylight fast waning shows faintly and grey
Where the clouds with their sombre complexity cumber the lowering sky,
And curl round the crest of the wind-fetterd mountain and hide
In their grey, gloomy folds, that loom heavy with threatening storms,
All the thickets and forests that cover the rocks on its echoing side.


Postcard from Percy to his mother en route to Brecknock Beacons,
– 26 July 1918 –
(Roll mouse over postcard to view other side)

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