"FIRE AND SLEET AND CANDLELIGHT" - Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman Poems


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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 wandered 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.

Your race is ended --
  See, it is run:
Nothing is mended
  Under the sun.

Straight as an arrow
  You fall to a sleep
Not too narrow
  And not too deep.