I STEPPED from plank to plank
So slow and cautiously;
The stars about my head I felt,
About my feet the sea.
I knew not but the next
“I want”—it pleaded—All its life—
I want—was chief it said
When Skill entreated it—the last—
And when so newly dead—
They dropped like flakes, they dro…
Like petals from a rose,
When suddenly across the June
A wind with fingers goes.
They perished in the seamless gras…
What care the Dead, for Chanticle…
What care the Dead for Day?
’Tis late your Sunrise vex their…
And Purple Ribaldry—of Morning
The Robin’s my Criterion for Tun…
Because I grow—where Robins do—
But, were I Cuckoo born—
I’d swear by him—
To fill a Gap
Insert the Thing that caused it—
Block it up
With Other—and 'twill yawn the mo…
He was weak, and I was strong—the…
So He let me lead him in—
I was weak, and He was strong the…
So I let him lead me—Home.
Unto my Books’—so good to turn’—
Far ends of tired Days’—
It half endears the Abstinence’—
And Pain’—is missed’—in Praise’—
A Day! Help! Help! Another Day!
Your prayers, oh Passer by!
From such a common ball as this
Might date a Victory!
South Winds jostle them—
Dri nk, and are gone—
What if I say I shall not wait!
What if I burst the fleshly Gate—
And pass escaped—to thee!
What if I file this Mortal—off—
Because I could not stop for Deat…
He kindly stopped for me–
The Carriage held but just Oursel…
We slowly drove– He knew no haste
‘They have not chosen me,’ he said…
‘But I have chosen them!’
Brave’—Broken hearted statement’—
Uttered in Bethlehem!
I could not have told it,
“Faith” is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see—
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.
Denial—is the only fact
Perceived by the Denied—
Whose Will—a numb significance—
The Day the Heaven died—