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Robinson Jeffers 1887 (Allegheny) – 1962 (Carmel-by-the-Sea)

The world has many seas, Mediterranean, Atlantic, but
  here is the shore of the one ocean.
And here the heavy future hangs like a cloud; the
  enormous scene; the enormous games preparing
Weigh on the water and strain the rock; the stage is
  here, the play is conceived; the players are
  not found.

I saw on the Sierras, up the Kaweah valley above the
  Moro rock, the mountain redwoods
Like red towers on the slopes of snow; about their
  bases grew a bushery of Christmas green,
Firs and pines to be monuments for pilgrimage
In Europe; I remembered the Swiss forests, the dark
  robes of Pilatus, no trunk like these there;
But these are underwood; they are only a shrubbery
  about the boles of the trees.

  Our people are clever and masterful;
They have powers in the mass, they accomplish marvels.
  It is possible Time will make them before it
  annuls them, but at present
There is not one memorable person, there is not one
  mind to stand with the trees, one life with
  the mountains.

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Robinson Jeffers

John Robinson Jeffers was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. more…

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