Monday, May 17, 2004

Monotone - Saying Nothing

MONOTONE (Carl Sandburg)

THE monotone of the rain is beautiful,
And the sudden rise and slow relapse
Of the long multitudinous rain.

The sun on the hills is beautiful,
Or a captured sunset sea-flung,
Bannered with fire and gold.

A face I know is beautiful--
With fire and gold of sky and sea,
And the peace of long warm rain.

My turn:


In a moment, a moment lasts forever
But infernal bounds of time
A moment is a moment
It passes by
And I have said nothing.

The ring of your valediction
Floats through the air
And long since, it persists.



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