Winter 1945 • Vol. VII No. 1 Younger Poets |

Of Deed, Love, Death

The soul dividing like an annalid Suggests a remorseless possibility — For our inclination is always the business unfinished, The evening star's rising above the evening star's zenith distance, A golden effigy of the impoverished immortal, A scarecrow rattling in the sphere of no-crow. Suppose one soul all souls like an annalid dividing, A sickened worm which splits in perfect halves The grave's progeny then? O, no, the multiple beautiful Quantums of all that was an all before — The obliterated sphere preserved, not in the soul, but without it, Completion, old eel-trap flowers in pools and torpid streams, Old spiders who wear their skeletons outside, A community of memories and substances without substance, Vainglorious nasturtium, everything twice and all souls repeated, The singular body swinging from the dwarf juniper Infinities of bodies swinging from infinities of trees in regress, O, the consequence of every finite deed, love, death. But that which is possible and is not i

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