You Are Fire Eaters
Not a mere blowing flame— A clinking ash, I feel—with shame, At malendeavor in your service. But as Jehoshaphat said on that occasion in Old Testament history, "The battle is not mine," And strategy laid down—in fine Surrender, may be conquest.
This poem is in the public domain.
Born in 1887, Marianne Moore wrote with the freedom characteristic of the other Modernist poets, often incorporating quotes from other sources into the text, yet her use of language was always extraordinarily condensed and precise
Date Published: 1909-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/you-are-fire-eaters