John Hall Wheelock

(9 September 1886 - 22 March 1978 / Rockaway, Long Island New York)


Life burns us up like fire,
   And Song goes up in flame:
The radiant body smoulders
   To the ashes whence it came.

Out of things it rises
   With a mouth that laughs and sings,
Backward it fades and falters
   Into the char of things.

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