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Fire and Sleet and Candlelight

Elinor Wylie 1885 (Somerville) – 1928

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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Elinor Wylie

Elinor Morton Wylie was an American poet and novelist popular in the 1920s and 1930s. "She was famous during her life almost as much for her ethereal beauty and personality as for her melodious, sensuous poetry." more…

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