Louise Bogan

(August 11, 1897 – February 4, 1970 / Maine)

Men Loved Wholly Beyond Wisdom


Men loved wholly beyond wisdom
Have the staff without the banner.
Like a fire in a dry thicket
Rising within women's eyes
Is the love men must return.
Heart, so subtle now, and trembling,
What a marvel to be wise.,
To love never in this manner!
To be quiet in the fern
Like a thing gone dead and still,
Listening to the prisoned cricket
Shake its terrible dissembling
Music in the granite hill.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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