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Amy Lowell - The Way

At first a mere thread of a footpath half blotted 
out by the grasses
Sweeping triumphant across it, it wound between hedges of roses
Whose blossoms were poised above leaves as pond lilies float on 
the water,
While hidden by bloom in a hawthorn a bird filled the morning with 
It widened a highway, majestic, stretching ever 
to distant horizons,
Where shadows of tree-branches wavered, vague outlines invaded by 
No sound but the wind as it whispered the secrets of earth to the 
And the hum of the yellow bees, honey-laden and dusty with pollen.
And Summer said, "Come, follow onward, with no thought save the 
to wander,
The wind, and the bees, and the flowers, all singing the great song
of Nature,
Are minstrels of change and of promise, they herald the joy of the 
Later the solitude vanished, confused and distracted 
the road
Where many were seeking and jostling.  Left behind were 
the trees
and the flowers,
The half-realized beauty of quiet, the sacred unconscious communing.
And now he is come to a river, a line of gray, sullen water,
Not blue and splashing, but dark, rolling somberly on to the ocean.
But on the far side is a city whose windows flame gold in the sunset.
It lies fair and shining before him, a gem set betwixt sky and water,
And spanning the river a bridge, frail promise to longing desire,
Flung by man in his infinite courage, across the stern force of 
the water;
And he looks at the river and fears, the bridge is so slight,
yet he ventures
His life to its fragile keeping, if it fails the waves will engulf 
O Arches! be strong to uphold him, and bear him across to the city,
The beautiful city whose spires still glow with the fires of sunset!

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Poet: Amy Lowell
Poem: 21. The Way
Volume: A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
- Lyrical Poems
Poem of the Day: Nov 13 2012

Comment 13 of 13, added on March 26th, 2017 at 4:12 AM.
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Skikkelig fine bord- må få beiset et jeg også i samme farge. Ellers har jeg nettopp kjøpt en veldig fin lampe på maxbo (ligner litt på den du synes var for blank), men denne er hvit. Jeg synes den er akkurat passe liten og pen ( og til en ovmomrekelig pris;)) Du kan jo se der hvis du vil.

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