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.
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).
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