Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, REBELLION, by HELEN WIEAND COLE



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REBELLION, by            
First Line: These quiet ways I will not tolerate
Last Line: Let me go down in action, not retreat.


These quiet ways I will not tolerate,
Lulling my senses to forgetfulness;
Passion and feeling growing less and less,
Till at the end, immobile, insensate,
Meekly submitting to the turns of fate
My spirit shrink from every strain and stress
Into negation, into nothingness,
Too late to love, too lethargic to hate.

Still in my veins the stream of life runs red;
Waters of Lethe give to other lips;
Let me but weave a gold and purple thread
Into life's pattern, before Atropis clips
Short at the end, the tapestry complete, --
Let me go down in action, not retreat.





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