'Fire And Sleet And Candlelight'

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.

by Elinor Morton Wylie

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Comments (4)

This poem has helped me through this most difficult time of watching a friend dying of cancer. Thank you Poem Hunter for bringing it to my attention.
This poem describes death so glouriously.
I agree. This poem describes death so glouriously.
This is beautiful.It means the world to me.Its rivetting and timeless and even now its part of all i live through.It is a gift to literature