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At This Moment Of Time

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Written by Delmore Schwartz

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 Some who are uncertain compel me.
They fear The Ace of Spades.
They fear Loves offered suddenly, turning from the mantelpiece, Sweet with decision.
And they distrust The fireworks by the lakeside, first the spuft, Then the colored lights, rising.
Tentative, hesitant, doubtful, they consume Greedily Caesar at the prow returning, Locked in the stone of his act and office.
While the brass band brightly bursts over the water They stand in the crowd lining the shore Aware of the water beneath Him.
They know it.
Their eyes Are haunted by water Disturb me, compel me.
It is not true That "no man is happy," but that is not The sense which guides you.
If we are Unfinished (we are, unless hope is a bad dream), You are exact.
You tug my sleeve Before I speak, with a shadow's friendship, And I remember that we who move Are moved by clouds that darken midnight.


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