Fire and Sleet and Candlelight
For this you’ve striven Daring, to fail: Your sky is riven Like a tearing veil. For this, you’ve wasted Wings of your youth; Divined, and tasted Bitter springs of truth. From sand unslakèd Twisted strong cords, And wandered naked Among trysted swords. There’s a word unspoken, A knot untied. Whatever is broken The earth may hide. The road was jagged Over sharp stones: Your body’s too ragged To cover your bones. The wind scatters Tears upon dust; Your soul’s in tatters Where the spears thrust. Your race is ended— See, it is run: Nothing is mended Under the sun. Straight as an arrow You fall to a sleep Not too narrow And not too deep.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on May 20, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
“Fire and Sleet and Candlelight” was published in Nets to Catch the Wind (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921).
Elinor Wylie was born in Somerville, New Jersey, on September 7, 1885.
Date Published: 1921-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/fire-and-sleet-and-candlelight