Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, RELEASE, by JUNE ELLIOTT CARLSON

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RELEASE, by            
First Line: The voices of animals, of the winds and the waves
Last Line: Is only release.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The

The voices of animals, of the winds and the waves,
Bear undertone of lament;
"And all creation groans together,"
Awaiting a final event.

Creation bears in her luzuriant bosom
Seeds of a new universe;
With joy the end of all man's afflictions --
End of the Adamic curse.

In sorrow and shame does mankind struggle
To lift his feet from the mire;
Nor sense that God's divine intention
Is written in fire:

Fire of a holy and purging experience --
Preparation for peace;
For which, this that we call Death,
Is only release.

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