Stephen Vincent Benet

(1898 - 1943 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Stephen Vincent Benet Poems

41. Metropolitan Nightmare 3/30/2010
42. Return - 1917 1/3/2003
43. Dinner In A Quick Lunch Room 1/3/2003
44. Ghosts Of A Lunatic Asylum 1/3/2003
45. May Morning 1/3/2003
46. A Minor Poet 1/3/2003
47. Going Back To School 1/3/2003
48. Elegy For An Enemy 1/3/2003
49. Lonely Burial 1/3/2003
50. Love In Twilight 1/3/2003
51. Colors 1/3/2003

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(For D. M. C.)

The little man with the vague beard and guise
Pulled at the wicket. "Come inside!" he said,
"I'll show you all we've got now -- it was size
You wanted? -- oh, dry colors! Well" -- he led
To a dim alley lined with musty bins,
And pulled one fiercely. Violent and bold
A sudden tempest of mad, shrieking sins
Scarlet screamed out above the battered gold
Of tins and picture-frames. I held my breath.
He tugged another hard -- and sapphire skies
Spread in vast quietude, serene as death,
O'er waves like crackled turquoise -- and my ...

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The Innovator

(A Pharaoh Speaks.)

I said, "Why should a pyramid
Stand always dully on its base?
I'll change it! Let the top be hid,
The bottom take the apex-place!"
And as I bade they did.

The people flocked in, scores on scores,

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