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The Moonlight

I waited on
In the late autumn moonlight,
A train droning out of thought—

The mind on moonlight
And on trains.

Blind as a thread of water
Stirring through a cold like dust,
Lonely beyond all silence

And humming this to children,
The nostalgic listeners in sleep,

Because no guardian
Strides through distance upon distance,
His eyes a web of sleep.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on May 1, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“The Moonlight” appeared in Secession no. 7 (Winter, 1924).

Author


Yvor Winters

On October 17, 1900, (Arthur) Yvor Winters was born in Chicago, Illinois

Date Published: 1924-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/moonlight-1