Glum Is The Sky


Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

Glum is the sky, by night imprisoned,

As over it the dark clouds creep,

Not menacing or wistful is it,

But plunged in dreary, torpid sleep.

Alone the streaks of lightning, bursting

Through cloud and shadow, seem to be,

As they flare up and blaze, conversing

Like deaf-mute demons soundlessly.

As at a signal, for an instant

A strip of sky is lit, and Lo! —

From out the murk the forests distant

Emerge, set suddenly aglow.

But the light dies, the darkness fleeing

That cloaks the startled, wakeful sky,

And all is still... Is a plot being

Hatched in the silent wastes on high?


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