Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OCTOBER DAWN, by L. KATHLEEN KITTERMAN



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OCTOBER DAWN, by            
First Line: Softly all nature rocks the cradled world
Last Line: The certain resurrection of the spring.
Subject(s): Dawn; October; Sunrise


Softly all nature rocks the cradled world
While unseen fingers paint with ancient skill
In glowing colors where Apollo lifts
His fiery steeds beyond the distant hill
To rip the dark asunder. Heaven's tears,
That fell upon the world through unlit hours,
Lie tenderly upon the fading grass;
Rest sweeetly on the last courageous flowers.

A bright leaf gliding downward, turning, shows
Pale deadened veins, scrapes on the sill, is gone;
A small brown bird disconsolately stirs
Its low-voiced comments through the hush of dawn.
A shadow lies on beauty. Summer dreams
Murmur a sad farewell to everything,
Then drift to death in slumber to await
The certain resurrection of the spring.





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