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THE ARMY OF TRUTH Words? Those sounds the world despises.       Words in poems? Even more to be disdained! Ah, how feeble are your powers       to defend all the truth that man denies! Thunder crack and lightning flash       at its presence! Hosts of angels should come swooping down from heaven to the rescue       far and wide […]

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A double-dose for my 200th Poetry Friday. SPELLBOUND The night is darkening round me, The wild winds coldly blow; But a tyrant spell has bound me And I cannot, cannot go. The giant trees are bending Their bare boughs weighed with snow. And the storm is fast descending, And yet I cannot go. Clouds beyond […]

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LOW BAROMETER The south-wind strengthens to a gale, Across the moon the clouds fly fast, The house is smitten as with a flail, The chimney shudders to the blast. On such a night, when Air has loosed Its guardian grasp on blood and brain, Old terrors then of god or ghost Creep from their caves […]

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A CROSSTOWN BREEZE A drift of wind when August wheeled brought back to mind an alfalfa field where green windrows bleached down to hay while storm clouds rose and rolled our way. With lighthearted strain in our pastoral agon we raced the rain with baler and wagon, driving each other to hold the turn out […]

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IN GENERAL This is about no rain in particular, just any rain, rain sounding on the roof, any roof, slate or wood, tin or clay or thatch, any rain among any trees, rain in soft, soundless accumulation, gathering rather than falling on the fir of juniper and cedar, on a lace-community of cobwebs, rain clicking […]

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NOW WINTER NIGHTS ENLARGE Now winter nights enlarge          This number of their hours; And clouds their storms discharge          Upon the airy towers. Let now the chimneys blaze          And cups o’erflow with wine, Let well-tuned words amaze          With harmony divine. Now yellow waxen lights          Shall wait on honey love While youthful […]