Elinor Morton Wylie

(7 September 1885 – 16 December 1928 / Somerville, New Jersey)

'Fire and Sleet and Candlelight'


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 wandering 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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: truth, wind, sky, fire, spring

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem ('Fire and Sleet and Candlelight' by Elinor Morton Wylie )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  2. Trees, Joyce Kilmer
  3. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  4. I, Too, Langston Hughes
  5. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
  6. Let America be America Again, Langston Hughes
  7. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  8. Life Is Fine, Langston Hughes
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Poem of the Day

THE CHANCELLOR mused as he nibbled his pen
(Sure no Minister ever looked wiser),
And said, “I can summon a million of men
To fight for their country and Kaiser;

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Allocating Rhythms, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. Perfect You, Naomi Mith
  3. The Water, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  4. Opened, Sade Bolaji
  5. behind these eyes, sEaN nOrTh
  6. The survival, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  7. Solitude, Paul Sebastian
  8. Snowmen the mythical human, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  9. Th' Black Rose Of Dublin Town {An dubh r.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  10. Sonnet: Administrative Tangles, Dr John Celes
[Hata Bildir]