Fire and Sleet and Candlelight


Elinor Wylie

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.

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