Good Night! Which put the Candle out?
A jealous Zephyr — not a doubt —
Ah, friend, you little knew
How long at that celestial wick
The Angels — labored diligent —
Extinguished — now — for you!

It might — have been the Light House spark —
Some Sailor — rowing in the Dark —
Had importuned to see!
It might — have been the waning lamp
That lit the Drummer from the Camp
To purer Reveille!

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2 Comments

  1. frumpo says:

    Something good (a friend? a thought?) is squelched by jealousy.

  2. jennifer says:

    perhaps the light put out is life and good night is death…or perhaps a light is a brilliant thought and such could do the world good-could it not?…

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