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The Past Is the Present

Revived bitterness
is unnecessary unless
    One is ignorant.

To-morrow will be
Yesterday unless you say the
    Days of the week back-

Ward. Last weeks’ circus
Overflow frames an old grudge. Thus:
    When you attempt to 

Force the doors and come
At the cause of the shouts, you thumb
    A brass nailed echo.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on September 29, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“The Past Is the Present’” was published in Others: An Anthology of New Verse (Alfred A. Knopf, 1917).

Author


Marianne Moore

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: 1917-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/past-present