Fall 1952 • Vol. XIV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1952 |

The Minotaur

The labyrinthine forest's spoor Lead to the patient Minotaur Deep in the dark and structured core The bull-man lurks inside the maze And he who dares explore will raze The beast of fear behind the door. No Ariadne and no crone Will point the way. Each man alone Must thread his path, unreel his own Life-spool and fumble to the lair. Each man must journey naked there Nor arm himself with wing nor stone. For he who goes his armour shed And walks with all that once he fled That man will face the hornèd head The unimaginable eyes Will find there where the monster dies The ichor that the terror bled.

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