Madison Julius Cawein

(1865-1914 / the United States)

Can Such Things Be? - Poem by Madison Julius Cawein

Meseemed that while she played, while lightly yet
Her fingers fell, as roses bloom by bloom,
I listened dead within a mighty room
Of some old palace where great casements let
Gaunt moonlight in, that glimpsed a parapet
Of statued marble: in the arrased gloom
Majestic pictures towered, dim as doom,
The dreams of Titian and of Tintoret.
And then, it seemed, along a corridor,
A mile of oak, a stricken footstep came,
Hurrying, yet slow … I thought long centuries
Passed ere she entered she, I loved of yore,
For whom I died, who wildly wailed my name
And bent and kissed me on the mouth and eyes.


Comments about Can Such Things Be? by Madison Julius Cawein

  • (1/22/2016 7:30:00 PM)


    this lovely poem////// (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (1/22/2016 7:11:00 PM)


    There seemed to me to be a touch of Poe in the beauty and mystery of some of these lines! The rhymes were perfectly chosen, the rhythm tight and the atmosphere aching for love never ending. Absolutely beautiful.
    - - - - she played, while lightly yet
    Her fingers fell, as roses bloom by bloom,
    - - - - where great casements let
    Gaunt moonlight in, that glimpsed a parapet
    Of statued marble:
    - - - - it seemed, along a corridor,
    A mile of oak, a stricken footstep came,
    Hurrying, yet slow …
    - - - - -I thought long centuries
    Passed ere she entered she, I loved of yore,
    For whom I died, who wildly wailed my name
    And bent and kissed me on the mouth and eyes.
    (Report) Reply

  • Mannika S Raghav (1/22/2016 2:38:00 PM)


    ah. the last two lines! (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (1/22/2016 5:56:00 AM)


    whenever and wherever the moon appears, it glows my soul. (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2016 5:40:00 AM)


    ....simply superb...an exquisite write
    which carries the reader back in time
    to a more romantic age ★
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  • (1/22/2016 4:57:00 AM)


    Enigmatic and intriguing yet lovely poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/22/2016 3:03:00 AM)


    Her love! With the muse of the roses. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012



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