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(3 March 1878 - 9 April 1917 / London / England)

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Beauty

WHAT does it mean? Tired, angry, and ill at ease,
No man, woman, or child alive could please
Me now. And yet I almost dare to laugh
Because I sit and frame an epitaph--
"Here lies all that no one loved of him
And that loved no one." Then in a trice that whim
Has wearied. But, though I am like a river
At fall of evening when it seems that never
Has the sun lighted it or warmed it, while
Cross breezes cut the surface to a file,
This heart, some fraction of me, hapily
Floats through a window even now to a tree
Down in the misting, dim-lit, quiet vale;
Not like a pewit that returns to wail
For something it has lost, but like a dove
That slants unanswering to its home and love.
There I find my rest, and through the dusk air
Flies what yet lives in me. Beauty is there

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Charlie Annalls (7/21/2013 3:29:00 PM)

    Truly a man who knows what it means......

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  • Sohini Sengupta (5/3/2012 9:24:00 AM)

    Here lies all that no one loved of him
    And that loved no one.
    splendor of words threaded into magic.. these linger in your mind for a long time

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