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Richard Wilbur - For K.R. on her Sixtieth Birthday

Blow out the candles of your cake.
They will not leave you in the dark,
Who round with grace this dusky arc
Of the grand tour which souls must take.

You who have sounded William Blake,
And the still pool, to Plato's mark,
Blow out the candles of your cake.
They will not leave you in the dark.

Yet, for your friends' benighted sake,
Detain your upward-flying spark;
Get us that wish, though like the lark
You whet your wings till dawn shall break:
Blow out the candles of your cake. 

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Poet: Richard Wilbur
Poem: For K.R. on her Sixtieth Birthday
Poem of the Day: Mar 12 2010

Comment 1 of 1, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 4:16 PM.

Here's a website on the William Blake reference http://www.blakearchive.org/
He was an 18th cent artist who did many spiritual and mythical engravings, as for Plato's mark, I can only assume he means death

Jesse Hornok from United States

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