Stephen Vincent Benet

Here you will find the Poem Difference of poet Stephen Vincent Benet


My mind?s a map. A mad sea-captain drew it 
Under a flowing moon until he knew it; 
Winds with brass trumpets, puffy-cheeked as jugs, 
And states bright-patterned like Arabian rugs. 
?Here there be tygers.? ?Here we buried Jim.? 
Here is the strait where eyeless fishes swim 
About their buried idol, drowned so cold 
He weeps away his eyes in salt and gold. 
A country like the dark side of the moon, 
A cider-apple country, harsh and boon, 
A country savage as a chestnut-rind, 
A land of hungry sorcerers. 
Your mind? 

?Your mind is water through an April night, 
A cherry-branch, plume-feathery with its white, 
A lavender as fragrant as your words, 
A room where Peace and Honor talk like birds, 
Sewing bright coins upon the tragic cloth 
Of heavy Fate, and Mockery, like a moth, 
Flutters and beats about those lovely things. 
You are the soul, enchanted with its wings, 
The single voice that raises up the dead 
To shake the pride of angels. 
I have said.