A Cliff Dwelling Poem by Robert Frost

A Cliff Dwelling

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There sandy seems the golden sky
And golden seems the sandy plain.
No habitation meets the eye
Unless in the horizon rim,
Some halfway up the limestone wall,
That spot of black is not a stain
Or shadow, but a cavern hole,
Where someone used to climb and crawl
To rest from his besetting fears.
I see the callus on his soul
The disappearing last of him
And of his race starvation slim,
Oh years ago - ten thousand years.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Andrew Hoellering 24 February 2009

We have seen such cave dwellings in a Turkish hillside, but our thoughts were very different to Frost's.Here thousands of years ago people found warmth and shelter from rain and storm, and at Lascaux and Altamira, the security of conversation and a place for art.

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* Sunprincess * 25 October 2012

most likely a cavemans home..a safe place to be from the dinosaurs.. :)

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Ejaz Mir 01 October 2012

The charm of virgin wilderness.

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Ciarli Ling 19 August 2012

Desert and life, light of the world and the dark of the cave that he dwelled, in those times. A great moment depicted with poetic word from a such master.

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Courtney Adams 18 February 2013

Mankind did not exist with dinosaurs. Mankind came millions of years later after dinosaurs

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Edward Kofi Louis 30 April 2018

Oh years ago! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Anil Kumar Panda 30 April 2018

'Some halfway up the limestone wall, That spot of black is not a stain'.. is very nice composition indeed. A gem no doubt. Enjoyed.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 30 April 2018

There sandy seems the golden sky And golden seems the sandy plain........fantastic beginning. Beautiful poem shared.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 30 April 2018

Another great poem of great Robert Frost??????

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Robert Murray Smith 30 April 2018

To call to long past is an art.+++10

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