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Fire and Sleet and Candlelight

Written by: Elinor Wylie | Biography
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 For this you've striven 
Daring, to fail: 
Your sky is riven 
Like a tearing veil.

For this, you've wasted 
Wings of your youth; 
Divined, and tasted 
Bitter springs of truth.

From sand unslakèd 
Twisted strong cords, 
And wandering naked 
Among trysted swords.

There's a word unspoken, 
A knot untied. 
Whatever is broken 
The earth may hide.

The road was jagged 
Over sharp stones: 
Your body's too ragged 
To cover your bones.

The wind scatters 
Tears upon dust; 
Your soul's in tatters 
Where the spears thrust.