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Seek Haven

We had it, we had it—the violet hour,
We had the singed twilight for our
    own;
The lamps were headless and the years
    unformed,
And we had the silence in our hands
Like a seer’s ball.

Today’s face turns where there isn’t any
    wall,
Today’s heart yearns where the grass
    is dry;

There are shadows here that have forsaken
    masters,
And leaves of bronze that don’t touch each
    other,
And light—without ecstacy.

Appeal to black, numb trees and bloodless
    snow,
That are unseeing and beyond our clime;
Appeal to the file-edged tongue of sky.
Then swallow soul’s silent poison,
And seek haven in a hutch of rhyme.

_____________

 

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