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First Line: Breaking over your silence
Last Line: To bear all and be still.
Subject(s): Faces; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Smiles

Breaking over your silence
I saw a vivid smile,
Like sun above a lonely mountain lake
It flashed awhile;
Scattering all clouds of patient smouldering pain,
And then your face was suddenly still again.

Out of your dark
A hand stretched forth;
Fingers gripped, moulding still strange human clay,
Shaping a final spark.
We are worlds touching worlds,
We stand within the dark.
It is enough if we have yet the will
To bear all and be still.

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