Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FANTASIA IN E MINOR, by ELIZABETH BUSH

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FANTASIA IN E MINOR, by                
First Line: Night is a dissident changeling born
Last Line: Unbearable.
Subject(s): Hallucinations & Illusions

Night is a dissident changeling born
To the sun-king by the bride of dawn,
Measureless the intervals when, half-waking,
He witnesses the straining desperation
Of a people seeking mercy in the sweet release of dark.

Life is a crust of blackened hope
Moistened by grief to a tasteless mouthful
Swallowed by death.
Briefly are shredded our last illusions:
Knowledge is shown as a poorly dyed garment,
Power the frame of an empty caravel,
Fame but the marks of a shifting rod
In the hands of the blind.
People must be unbearable to themselves,

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