to cry, again,
you have a friend.
let us be
I waited on
In the late autumn moonlight,
A train droning out of thought—
The mind on moonlight
And on trains.
Blind as a thread of water
Stirring through a cold like dust,
Lonely beyond all silence
And humming this to children,
The nostalgic listeners in sleep,
Because no guardian
Strides through distance upon distance,
His eyes a web of sleep.
Yvor Winters, (1900 - 1968), was an American poet, literary critic and professor. Winters was the author of many books. He married the poet and novelist Janet Lewis in 1926. He was awarded the 1961 Bollingen Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems. Read more
“The Moonlight” was published in Secession no. 7 (Winter, 1924).This poem is in the public domain.
Fearless riders of the gale,
In your bleak eyes is the memory
Of sinking ships:
Droops from your wings.
You lie at dusk
In the sea’s ebbing cradles,
Unresponsive to its mood;
Or hover and swoop,
Snatching your food and rising again,
You veer and steer your callous course,
Unloved of other birds;
And in your soulless cry
Is the mocking echo
Of woman’s weeping in the night.
Leonora Speyer, (1872 - 1956) was an American poet and professional violinist born in Washington, D.C. She studied music in Brussels, Paris, and Leipzig and started writing poetry in 1915 when she moved back to N.Y. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1927 for her poetry collection "Fiddler’s Farewell" which was followed by other poetry collections........ Wikipedia
This poem is in the public domain.