Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LIFE, by JOHN HALL WHEELOCK

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LIFE, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Life burns us up like fire
Last Line: Escapes in love and song.

Life burns us up like fire,
And Song goes up in flame:
The radiant body smoulders
To the ashes whence it came.

Out of things it rises
With a mouth that laughs and sings,
Backward it fades and falters
Into the char of things.

Yet soars a voice above it --
Love is holy and strong;
The best of us forever
Escapes in Love and Song.

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