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Edwin Arlington Robinson - Veteran Sirens

The ghost of Ninon would be sorry now 
To laugh at them, were she to see them here, 
So brave and so alert for learning how 
To fence with reason for another year. 

Age offers a far comelier diadem
Than theirs; but anguish has no eye for grace, 
When time’s malicious mercy cautions them 
To think a while of number and of space. 

The burning hope, the worn expectancy, 
The martyred humor, and the maimed allure,
Cry out for time to end his levity, 
And age to soften its investiture; 

But they, though others fade and are still fair, 
Defy their fairness and are unsubdued; 
Although they suffer, they may not forswear
The patient ardor of the unpursued. 

Poor flesh, to fight the calendar so long; 
Poor vanity, so quaint and yet so brave; 
Poor folly, so deceived and yet so strong, 
So far from Ninon and so near the grave. 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Veteran Sirens
Poem of the Day: Nov 8 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on November 8th, 2012 at 3:18 AM.

Music :
The ears, four strings and a metronome
And the fingers dance on a violin neck
A three-beat waltz in a dreary home
And the strife on goes; toc, tec, tec…
And in the air around flows an air
Well-tuned and sweet, yet lost somewhere.
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