Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ADOLESCENT, by VIOLET ALLEYN STOREY

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ADOLESCENT, by            
First Line: Half-man, half child, his whole limp body nods
Last Line: The gods themselves as adam leapt to eve!
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Adolescence; Bible; Puberty; Teen Agers

Half-man, half-child, his whole limp body nods: --
More listless he than "Adam" long ago
Born of the brush of Michelangelo,
For Adam's finger was held out to God's
While this boy's langour is impalpable.
The world, that won Christ's Life and Death, to him
Is like an empty kettle, soot-stained, dim.
Skies Galileo watched, for him prove dull.
He yawns while men weave threads of dream, soul-spun,
Into firm fabrics of reality; --
His mind too sluggish now to feel or see
That thence a trek of half-gods has begun.

Yet when these go, he'll leap up to receive
The gods themselves as Adam leapt to Eve!

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