Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)

As Winds That Blow Against A Star - Poem by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline)

Now by what whim of wanton chance
Do radiant eyes know sombre days?
And feet that shod in light should dance
Walk weary and laborious ways?

But rays from Heaven, white and whole,
May penetrate the gloom of earth;
And tears but nourish, in your soul,
The glory of celestial mirth.

The darts of toil and sorrow, sent
Against your peaceful beauty, are
As foolish and as impotent
As winds that blow against a star.


Comments about As Winds That Blow Against A Star by Joyce Kilmer

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (2/15/2016 4:33:00 PM)

    I cannot remember reading a more beautiful opening stanza. It is stunning. Absolutely stunning.
    ________Now by what whim of wanton chance
    Do radiant eyes know sombre days?
    And feet that shod in light should dance
    Walk weary and laborious ways? (Report) Reply

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  • Toby Moses Toby Moses (12/12/2014 12:15:00 PM)

    The glory of celestial mirth. (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan Dawn Fuzan (5/14/2014 5:02:00 PM)

    Joyce This is an interesting piece of poetry keep it up (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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