Elinor Morton Wylie

(7 September 1885 – 16 December 1928 / Somerville, New Jersey)

'Fire And Sleet And Candlelight' - Poem by Elinor Morton Wylie

For this you've striven
Daring, to fail:
Your sky is riven
Like a tearing veil.

For this, you've wasted
Wings of your youth;
Divined, and tasted
Bitter springs of truth.

From sand unslakèd
Twisted strong cords,
And wandering naked
Among trysted swords.

There's a word unspoken,
A knot untied.
Whatever is broken
The earth may hide.

The road was jagged
Over sharp stones:
Your body's too ragged
To cover your bones.

The wind scatters
Tears upon dust;
Your soul's in tatters
Where the spears thrust.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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