Autumn 1942 • Vol. IV No. 3 New Verse by Brave Poets |

A Crystal Principle

From crucial elements, as light, water, fire, air, Is crystal evolved by the slow dazzle of beads Cloudless twin moons in true curve, God’s tears And only tear, as the round dew drops on crimson weeds. And earth by nature was disposed toward crystal And perfect, in a windless heaven without stain Or shadow, and would be still, the one transparent Were it not for accident unknown And least departure: and valid in being therefore And beautiful, the escape from each simple of total Is the heartbeat thief, mistake, flaw Permitting his purple eye and whitened skull. But yet there is a pattern even in anomalies, A crystal essence, as winter coming in spring, And shroud which under water the spider weaves, Fly-eater flower, the dead sea nettle’s sting. And the lean crow buried by sexton beetles Is from the mating of stars, a strange result. And wayfarer loon who sleeps on the wave’s breast Is the effect of a cold star and after-thought. For there is no isolation from the dual lo

Already have an account? Login

Join KR for even more to read.

Register for a free account to read five free pieces a month from our current issue and digital archive.
Register for Free and Read This Piece



Or become a subscriber today and get complete, immediate access to our digital archives at every subscription level.

Read More

Moderate Fable

By Marguerite Young

From crucial elements, as light, water, fire, air, Is crystal evolved by the slow dazzle of beads Cloudless twin moons in true curve, God’s tears And only tear, as the […]

Subscribe

Your free registration with Kenyon review incudes access to exclusive content, early access to program registration, and more.

Donate

With your support, we’ll continue 
to cultivate talent and publish extraordinary literature from diverse voices around the world.