Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FOR A RETURN, by A. A. ANDRIELLO



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First Line: I knew much peace before I asked for life
Last Line: Safe in the sleep from which I long-since fought.


I knew much peace before I asked for life:
Deeply I slept in Pre-time's darkened womb
But yearned in dream for some high glorious strife --
Till Pre-time guessed and offered life and doom,
Took for them time of sleep. But mortal weight
Of life proves more than I can bear: the earth
Whirrs all confused, with howling men who prate
Only of passing things that trail no worth.

Ah, that some strength could hurl me clear of this
Into that understanding scheme of things
Where I might rest once more, by breath forgot,
Know once again oblivion's sealing kiss,
Its questless peace, a calm on the soul's wings --
Safe in the sleep from which I long-since fought.





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