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Robinson Jeffers - Tor House

If you should look for this place after a handful 
        of lifetimes:
Perhaps of my planted forest a few
May stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or the coast 
        cypress, haggard
With storm-drift; but fire and the axe are devils.
Look for foundations of sea-worn granite, my fingers 
        had the art
To make stone love stone, you will find some remnant.
But if you should look in your idleness after ten 
        thousand years:
It is the granite knoll on the granite
And lava tongue in the midst of the bay, by the mouth 
        of the Carmel
River-valley, these four will remain
In the change of names. You will know it by the wild 
        sea-fragrance of wind
Though the ocean may have climbed or retired a little;
You will know it by the valley inland that our sun 
        and our moon were born from
Before the poles changed; and Orion in December
Evenings was strung in the throat of the valley like 
        a lamp-lighted bridge.
Come in the morning you will see white gulls
Weaving a dance over blue water, the wane of the moon
Their dance-companion, a ghost walking
By daylight, but wider and whiter than any bird in 
        the world.
My ghost you needn't look for; it is probably
Here, but a dark one, deep in the granite, not 
        dancing on wind
With the mad wings and the day moon.

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Poet: Robinson Jeffers
Poem: Tor House
Volume: Cawdor And Other poems
Year: Published/Written in 1928
Poem of the Day: Jun 4 2011

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 12th, 2012 at 12:32 PM.

fFgX4H Author, keep doing in the same way..!!

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Comment 1 of 2, added on November 24th, 2011 at 1:19 PM.

It is a very beautiful poem, full of gorgeous images that i could just visualize, full of sorrowful longing.

Regan from Romania

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