Learn More

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

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. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. The Listeners, Walter de la Mare

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Mee Too (Words Of Love), Michael P. McParland
  2. All I Want, Michael P. McParland
  3. Covers Face, Mae AC.
  4. Covers Eyes, Mae AC.
  5. All I Know, Dedicated Too......, Michael P. McParland
  6. Covers Mouth, Mae AC.
  7. Agony 2, Michael P. McParland
  8. Agony, Michael P. McParland
  9. Arms Fold, Mae AC.
  10. Eyebrows Wrinkle, Mae AC.
[Hata Bildir]