Elinor Morton Wylie

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

Poor Earth - Poem by Elinor Morton Wylie

It is not heaven: bitter seed
Leavens its entrails with despair
It is a star where dragons breed:
Devils have a footing there.

The sky has bent it out of shape;
The sun has strapped it to his wheel;
Its course is crooked to escape
Traps and gins of stone and steel.

It balances on air, and spins
Snared by strong transparent space;
I forgive it all its sins;
I kiss the scars upon its face.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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