The Crystal Gazer
I shall gather myself into myself again,
I shall take my scattered selves and make them one,
Fusing them into a polished crystal ball
Where I can see the moon and the flashing sun.
I shall sit like a sibyl, hour after hour intent,
Watching the future come and the present go,
And the little shifting pictures of people rushing
In restless self-importance to and fro.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on January 30, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.
“The Crystal Gazer” appeared in Dark of the Moon (The Macmillan Company, 1926).