Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fire and Sleet and Candlelight

Fire and Sleet and Candlelight

 by Elinor Wylie

For this you’ve striven

    Daring, to fail:

Your sky is riven

    Like a tearing veil.


For this, you’ve wasted

    Wings of your youth;

Divined, and tasted

    Bitter springs of truth.


From sand unslakèd

    Twisted strong cords,

And wandered naked

    Among trysted swords.


There’s a word unspoken,

    A knot untied.

Whatever is broken

    The earth may hide.


The road was jagged

    Over sharp stones:

Your body’s too ragged

    To cover your bones.


The wind scatters

    Tears upon dust;

Your soul’s in tatters

    Where the spears thrust.


Your race is ended—

    See, it is run:

Nothing is mended

    Under the sun.


Straight as an arrow

    You fall to a sleep

Not too narrow

    And not too deep.

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