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Vachel Lindsay - Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress


The arts are old, old as the stones
From which man carved the sphinx austere.
Deep are the days the old arts bring:
Ten thousand years of yesteryear.


She is madonna in an art
As wild and young as her sweet eyes:
A frail dew flower from this hot lamp
That is today's divine surprise.

Despite raw lights and gloating mobs
She is not seared: a picture still:
Rare silk the fine director's hand
May weave for magic if he will.

When ancient films have crumbled like
Papyrus rolls of Egypt's day,
Let the dust speak: "Her pride was high,
All but the artist hid away:

"Kin to the myriad artist clan
Since time began, whose work is dear."
The deep new ages come with her,
Tomorrow's years of yesteryear. 

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Poet: Vachel Lindsay
Poem: Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress
Poem of the Day: Sep 1 2014

Comment 1 of 1, added on September 1st, 2014 at 10:00 PM.
Lady Lazarus

What a wonderful poet Sylvia was. She describe in this poem her failed attempts to commit suicide as resurrections performed by a German God, his dead father, and ironically calling herself a predestined person to live eternally.

Rosa G from United States

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