Robert Frost

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

A Cliff Dwelling

Poem by Robert Frost

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 about A Cliff Dwelling by Robert Frost

  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/30/2018 2:19:00 PM)

    Oh years ago! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (4/30/2018 7:46:00 AM)

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

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/30/2018 4:28:00 AM)

    There sandy seems the golden sky
    And golden seems the sandy plain........fantastic beginning. Beautiful poem shared.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/30/2018 2:33:00 AM)

    Another great poem of great Robert Frost👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (4/30/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    To call to long past is an art.+++10(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (4/30/2018 1:38:00 AM)

    A tribute to our ancestors by one of the greatest poets(Report)Reply

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  • Adiprime (12/19/2017 7:46:00 AM)

    Robert frost is the best poet of the world(Report)Reply

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  • Mark ArvizuMark Arvizu (1/16/2015 9:01:00 AM)

    Where is your quiet safe place?(Report)Reply

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  • Akanksha BhattAkanksha Bhatt (6/4/2014 7:20:00 AM)

    this is really a good poem.. I like it..(Report)Reply

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  • Luna TsukiLuna Tsuki (5/13/2014 12:24:00 AM)

    beautiful, like all of Robert Frost's poems(Report)Reply

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  • Dawn FuzanDawn Fuzan (4/27/2014 9:00:00 AM)

    This us really good(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 2:51:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out(Report)Reply

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  • Babatunde AremuBabatunde Aremu (11/11/2013 6:45:00 AM)

    A peep into the early or ancient days. Great write by the sage(Report)Reply

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  • Courtney Adams (2/18/2013 2:08:00 AM)

    Mankind did not exist with dinosaurs. Mankind came millions of years later after dinosaurs(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (10/25/2012 9:29:00 PM)

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

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  • Ejaz Mir (10/1/2012 10:45:00 AM)

    The charm of virgin wilderness.(Report)Reply

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  • Ciarli Ling (8/19/2012 7:37:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Andrew Hoellering (2/24/2009 2:56:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 26, 2013