Yes And No

Across a continent imaginary
Because it cannot be discovered now
Upon this fully apprehended planet—
No more applicants considered,
Alas, alas—

Ran an animal unzoological,
Without a fate, without a fact,
Its private history intact
Against the travesty
Of an anatomy.

Not visible not invisible,
Removed by dayless night,
Did it ever fly its ground
Out of fancy into light,
Into space to replace
Its unwritable decease?

Ah, the minutes twinkle in and out
And in and out come and go
One by one, none by none,
What we know, what we don't know.

by Laura Riding

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The mind delves to solve some mysteries, .At one moment it is belief, at the other it is disbelief.Expressed in some beautiful lines- - Ah, the minutes twinkle in and out And in and out come and go one by one.none by none What we know, what we don't know.
Wonderful poem........I liked it.....
An imaginary continent and a wonderful animal hitherto unknown likes
An imaginary continent and a wonderful animal hitherto unknown and an interesting poem.
That first stanza blew me away! She speaks of an imaginary continent because the earth has already been fully explored - there are no landmasses left to be discovered - and then she dives into a wonderful fancy within that imaginary continent - of an animal undiscovered, unknown and unseen - and how time flies so because it is a happy place - no worries or concerns. I find this poem incredibly fanciful and completely whimsical - and it goes absolutely nowhere but is entirely lovely all along the way! A+! ! !
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