Stephen Vincent Benet

Pennsylvania / United States
Stephen Vincent Benet
Pennsylvania / United States

Poems

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1.
Colors
(For D. M. C.)

The little man with the vague beard and guise
Pulled at the wicket. "Come inside!" he said,
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2.
Love In Twilight
There is darkness behind the light -- and the pale light drips
Cold on vague shapes and figures, that, half-seen loom
Like the carven prows of proud, far-triumphing ships --
And the firelight wavers and changes about the room,
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3.
May Morning
I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
And doze, and read a page or two, and doze,
And feel the air like water on me close,
Great waves of sunny air that lip and beat
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4.
Going Back To School
The boat ploughed on. Now Alcatraz was past
And all the grey waves flamed to red again
At the dead sun's last glimmer. Far and vast
The Sausalito lights burned suddenly
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5.
Lonely Burial
There were not many at that lonely place,
Where two scourged hills met in a little plain.
The wind cried loud in gusts, then low again.
Three pines strained darkly, runners in a race
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6.
Elegy For An Enemy
(For G. H.)

Say, does that stupid earth
Where they have laid her,
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7.
A Minor Poet
I am a shell. From me you shall not hear
The splendid tramplings of insistent drums,
The orbed gold of the viol's voice that comes,
Heavy with radiance, languorous and clear.
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8.
Ghosts Of A Lunatic Asylum
Here, where men's eyes were empty and as bright
As the blank windows set in glaring brick,
When the wind strengthens from the sea -- and night
Drops like a fog and makes the breath come thick;
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9.
Metropolitan Nightmare
I rained quite a lot, that spring. You woke in the morning
And saw the sky still clouded, the streets still wet,
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10.
Before An Examination
The little letters dance across the page,
Flaunt and retire, and trick the tired eyes;
Sick of the strain, the glaring light, I rise
Yawning and stretching, full of empty rage
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