Delmore Schwartz

(8 December 1913 - 11 July 1966 / Brooklyn / New York / United States)

What Is To Be Given - Poem by Delmore Schwartz

What is to be given,
Is spirit, yet animal,
Colored, like heaven,
Blue, yellow, beautiful.

The blood is checkered by
So many stains and wishes,
Between it and the sky
You could not choose, for riches.

Yet let me now be careful
Not to give too much
To one so shy and fearful
For like a gun is touch.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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