Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SUCCESSFUL PESSIMIST, by SARA BARD FIELD

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First Line: He makes a monument from clay
Last Line: The secret of her firmament.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wood, Charles Erskine Scoot, Mrs.
Subject(s): Pessimism

He makes a monument from clay
He urges men to throw away.

He knots a strangle-net of words
To catch and silence singing birds.

But he flies free and he grows strong
On words that stilled their wing and song.

Succor, indeed, he gives an host
And pity -- but his own heart most.

His deepest need becomes a fear
Disguised by ribaldry and sneer --

And so with woman he rudely fights,
Envious of higher flights,

Desiring under false contempt
The secret of her firmament.

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