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I can never remake the thing I have destroyed;
   I brushed the golden dust from the moth’s bright wing,
I called down wind to shatter the cherry-blossoms,
   I did a terrible thing.

I feared that the cup might fall, so I flung it from me;
   I feared that the bird might fly, so I set it free;
I feared that the dam might break, so I loosed the river:
   May its waters cover me.


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on May 12, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“Shards” was published in Vigils (George H. Doran Company, 1921).


Aline Murray Kilmer

Aline Murray Kilmer was the author of five books of essays and poetry

Date Published: 1921-01-01

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