Elinor Morton Wylie

Here you will find the Poem Fire and Sleet and Candlelight' of poet Elinor Morton Wylie

Fire and Sleet and Candlelight'

For this you've striven 
Daring, to fail: 
Your sky is riven 
Like a tearing veil.

For this, you've wasted 
Wings of your youth; 
Divined, and tasted 
Bitter springs of truth.

From sand unslakèd 
Twisted strong cords, 
And wandering naked 
Among trysted swords.

There's a word unspoken, 
A knot untied. 
Whatever is broken 
The earth may hide.

The road was jagged 
Over sharp stones: 
Your body's too ragged 
To cover your bones.

The wind scatters 
Tears upon dust; 
Your soul's in tatters 
Where the spears thrust.