Odell Shepard

(1884-1967 / United States)

A Nun - Poem by Odell Shepard

One glance and I had lost her in the riot
   Of tangled cries.
She trod the clamor with a cloistral quiet
   Deep in her eyes
As though she heard the muted music only
   That silence makes
Among dim mountain summits and on lonely
   Deserted lakes.

There is some broken song her heart remembers
   From long ago,
Some love lies buried deep, some passion's embers
   Smothered in snow,
Far voices of a joy that sought and missed her
   Fail now, and cease . . .
And this has given the deep eyes of God's sister
   Their dreadful peace.


Comments about A Nun by Odell Shepard

  • (11/26/2005 4:41:00 AM)


    This is a fine poem, with religious imagery blending the old and the modern. The poet clearly has the descriptive abilities that would serve well in fiction also. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/28/2005 5:02:00 PM)


    nice poem, like the part, some passions embers smothered in snow.......... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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