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In Time Of Trouble Post by :createit Category :Poems Author :William Rose Benet Date :October 2011 Read :1959

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In Time Of Trouble

In memory of your desolate eyes I know
That words are words, with nothing to gainsay
The testimony of pain, the heavy day;
But searching in the ruins of overthrow
I gathered you this wreath that now I show;
Small and barbaric brightness on the gray,--
Glimmering irony, perhaps. I lay
It down before your eyes, and softly go.

You are a vista blundered on in Arden
Where the fool grasps his bells, that he may hark;
A sudden skyward path where cliffs are warden
Of waves that foam to reach a high tide-mark;
Whisper of blossoms in a midnight garden;
A fountain whitely flowering on the dark.

(The end)
William Rose Benet's poem: In Time Of Trouble

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Anomaly Anomaly

Men who are fain to change, look wizenedlyInto the flowing mirror of your thoughtAnd see on what strange reefs your joys are caughtAnd contemplate your vexed variety:Grief that was hooded for eternityCasting the stole for spangled domino,Awe on its pinnacle jigging heel and toe.Love laughing into hate and mockery.What shoots the warp to patterns that reblendAnd spread and fade,--and working out what end?In time of pain why be as volubleAs one who tells an endless useless sum,Yet simple clay, pallid and deaf and dumbThrough the one moment forging Heaven or Hell?(The end)William Rose Benet's poem: Anomaly

And A Long Way Off He Saw Fairyland And A Long Way Off He Saw Fairyland

And A Long Way Off He Saw Fairyland
I lived once with fairies,(And I know they're true fairies!)One lifts laughing eyesIn a way I most admire.Truth goes by contraries,For you don't know they're fairiesTill there isn't any firelight,Nor song beside the fire.One fairy's small to hold,And her hair is fairy gold.One's a feminine fairyWith unusual address.One fairy's just Jim.You just look and love him,With his nonsense and his laughAnd his sturdy steadfastness.And the fairy queen I knewHas eyes that are blue,Has moods that are decided,And courage that deniesIt is ever brave at all.She mends them when they fall;She tends the little fairiesIn absurd, delightful wise.They bring her thoughts like