Madison Julius Cawein

(1865-1914 / the United States)

A Broken Rainbow On The Skies Of May - Poem by Madison Julius Cawein

A Broken rainbow on the skies of May,
Touching the dripping roses and low clouds,
And in wet clouds its scattered glories lost:
So in the sorrow of her soul the ghost
Of one great love, of iridescent ray,
Spanning the roses dim of memory,
Against the tumult of life's rushing crowds
A broken rainbow on the skies of May.
A flashing humming-bird among the flowers,
Deep-coloured blooms; its slender tongue and bill
Sucking the syrups and the calyxed myrrhs,
Till, being full of sweets, away it whirrs:
Such was his love that won her heart's rich bowers
To give to him their all, their honied showers,
The bloom from which he drank his body's fill
A flashing humming-bird among the flowers.
A moon, moth-white, that through long mists of fleece
Moves amber-girt into a bulk of black,
And, lost to vision, rims the black with froth:
A love that swept its moon, like some great moth,
Across the heaven of her soul's young peace;
And, smoothly passing, in the clouds did cease
Of time, through which its burning light comes back
A moon, moth-white, that moves through mists of fleece.
A bolt of living thunder downward hurled,
Momental blazing from the piled-up storm,
That instants out the mountains and the ocean,
The towering crag, then blots the sight's commotion:
Love, love that swiftly coming bared the world,
The deeps of life, 'round which fate's clouds are curled,
And, ceasing, left all night and black alarm
A bolt of living thunder downward hurled.

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  • (1/22/2016 8:56:00 PM)


    .............a fascinating write with a captivating title...in this stanza, I especially love the last line ★

    A flashing humming-bird among the flowers,
    Deep-coloured blooms; its slender tongue and bill
    Sucking the syrups and the calyxed myrrhs,
    Till, being full of sweets, away it whirrs:
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  • Brian Jani (4/28/2014 11:54:00 AM)


    I like this poem, its interesting (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012



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