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Randall Jarrell - The Breath Of Night

The moon rises. The red cubs rolling
In the ferns by the rotten oak
Stare over a marsh and a meadow
To the farm's white wisp of smoke.
A spark burns, high in heaven.
Deer thread the blossoming rows
Of the old orchard, rabbits
Hop by the well-curb. The cock crows
From the tree by the widow's walk;
Two stars in the trees to the west,
Are snared, and an owl's soft cry
Runs like a breath through the forest.
Here too, though death is hushed, though joy
Obscures, like night, their wars,
The beings of this world are swept
By the Strife that moves the stars.

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Poet: Randall Jarrell
Poem: The Breath Of Night
Poem of the Day: Nov 18 2013

Comment 2 of 2, added on January 16th, 2013 at 6:24 AM.

Ev,Loved your blog ..especially your childhood memroy. I never knew that about your Dad ..so sorry that you had to experience such a great loss as a child. I loved all of the quotes and will be taking them to our very spiritual Christmas Eve in Philly with the Seven Fishes. Have a wonderful Christmas with your boys (I mean men) and may 2011 bring you good health and much happiness which you truly deserve!Love,Paula

Ega from Greece
Comment 1 of 2, added on April 10th, 2007 at 11:17 AM.

It was cool


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