Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ULTIMATION, by MAGDELEN EDEN BOYLE

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ULTIMATION, by            
First Line: Of tripoli, of lebanon
Last Line: And warm his freezing hands.
Subject(s): Lebanon; Smoking; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes

Of Tripoli, of Lebanon,
A cedar I would be,
Cerulean-piercing, iris-towered,
That leans to Galilee.

But I am of the stunted pines,
Cragged desert's salt-flayed runes,
Sere bracken of the bitter waste,
Gray Hagars of the dunes.

Then cleave with lightning scimitar,
O Lord . . . the thriftless bole,
Its futile fragments scatter wide,
The wild shore's desolate dole,

That it may chance, a far-off day,
Some wanderer on the sands
May build him here a driftwood fire,
And warm his freezing hands.

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