Conrad Potter Aiken

(5 August 1889 – 17 August 1973 / Savannah, Georgia)

Miracles - Poem by Conrad Potter Aiken

Twilight is spacious, near things in it seem far,
And distant things seem near.
Now in the green west hangs a yellow star.
And now across old waters you may hear
The profound gloom of bells among still trees,
Like a rolling of huge boulders beneath seas.

Silent as though in evening contemplation
Weaves the bat under the gathering stars.
Silent as dew, we seek new incarnation,
Meditate new avatars.
In a clear dusk like this
Mary climbed up the hill to seek her son,
To lower him down from the cross, and kiss
The mauve wounds, every one.

Men with wings
In the dusk walked softly after her.
She did not see them, but may have felt
The winnowed air around her stir;
She did not see them, but may have known
Why her son's body was light as a little stone.
She may have guessed that other hands were there
Moving the watchful air.

Now, unless persuaded by searching music
Which suddenly opens the portals of the mind,
We guess no angels,
And are contented to be blind.
Let us blow silver horns in the twilight,
And lift our hearts to the yellow star in the green,
To find perhaps, if, while the dew is rising,
Clear things may not be seen.

Comments about Miracles by Conrad Potter Aiken

  • (5/22/2016 12:12:00 AM)

    Twilight is spacious, near things in it seem far
    And distant things seem near.
    Similar is the case in a human beings life just before the beginning of second innings due to the feeling that he has ample experience and maturity as also knowledge, which may or may not be true.
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  • (5/21/2016 1:23:00 PM)

    .....beautiful, very nicely composed ★ (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (5/21/2016 12:43:00 PM)

    I spent the first three days of my life
    in Savannah Georgia
    though Conrad died long after my birth
    to be his reincarnation.. iip
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    Mohammed Asim Nehal (5/21/2016 3:04:00 PM)

    Nice comments

  • (5/21/2016 3:27:00 AM)

    Someone I knew years ago was a great fan of Conrad Aiken. I like him too
    and this is a fine example of his work.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/21/2016 3:26:00 AM)

    Across the old waters you may hear! ! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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