Monday, 13 October 2014

Favourite Poems - Dirge Without Music

So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. 
Crowned with lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.
Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.
The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,
—They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. 
Elegant and curled is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. 
But I do not approve.

More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned. 
I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.

Dirge Without Music

Edna St. Vincent Millay

This also seems a good place to put a fine piece by someone writing about grief.

1 comment:

  1. But the ground is not hard. It is a soft and welcoming bed to lie in after many labours. An eternal and always kept promise that when we are tired there will be somewhere to rest.