Robinson Jeffers

(10 January 1887 – 20 January 1962 / Allegheny, Pennsylvania)

To The Stone-Cutters - Poem by Robinson Jeffers

Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you foredefeated
Challengers of oblivion
Eat cynical earnings, knowing rock splits, records fall down,
The square-limbed Roman letters
Scale in the thaws, wear in the rain. The poet as well
Builds his monument mockingly;
For man will be blotted out, the blithe earth die, the brave sun
Die blind and blacken to the heart:
Yet stones have stood for a thousand years, and pained thoughts found
The honey of peace in old poems.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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