Madison Julius Cawein

1865-1914

 

Nightfall

by Madison Julius Cawein

O day, so sicklied o'er with night!
O dreadful fruit of fallen dusk! --
A Circe orange, golden-bright,
With horror 'neath its husk.

And I, who gave the promise heed
That made life's tempting surface fair,
Have I not eaten to the seed
Its ashes of despair!

O silence of the drifted grass!
And immemorial eloquence
Of stars and winds and waves that pass!
And God's indifference!

Leave me alone with sleep that knows
Not any thing that life may keep --
Not e'en the pulse that comes and goes
In germs that climb and creep.

Or if an aspiration pale
Must quicken there -- oh, let the spot
Grow weeds! that dust may so prevail,
Where spirit once could not!

Source:

The Garden Of Dreams
Copyright 1896
John P. Morton & Company, Louisville
 
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