Quotes by Vernon Scannell


That one small boy with a face like pallid cheese
And burnt-out little eyes could make a blaze
As brazen, fierce and huge, as red and gold
And zany yellow as the one that spoiled
Three thousand guineas' worth of property
And crops at Godwin's Farm on Saturday
Is frightening---as fact and metaphor:
An ordinary match intended for
The lighting of a pipe or kitchen fire
Misused may set a whole menagerie
Of flame-fanged tigers roaring hungrily.
And frightening, too, that one small boy should set
The sky on fire and choke the stars to heat
Such skinny limbs and such a little heart
Which would have been content with one warm kiss
Had there been anyone to offer this."

Books by Vernon Scannell

Vernon Scannell
  • Vernon Scannell

  • Date of birth: January 23, 1922
  • Died: November 16, 2007
  • Born: in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: A poet, novelist, teacher, and professional boxer, he served in the Gordon Highlanders in the Middle East and took part in the D-day landings, where he was wounded on patrol. He deserted after the war and was eventually court-martialed, and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. Scannell won many poetry awards, including for war poems such as his collection Walking Wounded.