Light-winged Smoke! Icarian bird, Melting thy pinions in thy upward flight; Lark without song, and messenger of dawn, Circling above the hamlets as thy nest; Or else, departing dream, and shadowy form Of midnight vision, gathering up thy skirts; By night star-veiling, and by day Darkening the light and blotting out the sun; Go thou, my incense, upward from this hearth, And ask the gods to pardon this clear flame.
This poem is in the public domain.
Henry David Thoreau
Although he thought of himself as a poet, Henry David Thoreau's most defining work was his book, Walden.
Date Published: 1843-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/smoke-0