Treasure Island

Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

The Master Speed


No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still-
Off any still or moving thing you say.
Two such as you with such a master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar

Submitted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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  • Regan Boyd (2/3/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    Frost penned this poem for his daughter's wedding, describing how love empowers entwined partners to resist time and change and age, to remain effervescent and raise both to a plain higher than they could ever achieve alone. In this poem speed doubles with both its modern meaning of quickness and its ancient meaning of hope. It speaks of love's power and stillness, its unwavering ability to propel and inspire. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (11/18/2013 8:25:00 PM)

    ok I read this several times, but the meaning is lost in space,
    can someone explain this poem please? ? ? (Report) Reply

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