Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

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OBSERVATORY HILL
SURPRISED in this blue poise of evening,
I watch the white observatory dome that turns
And stops, and hugely opening,
Submits a complex eye
To the indifference of eternity
Like some astonished chick
Cracking a shell to try its excellence.
Involved with natural law,
I feel that utter breakage in my hands
And, in a loud light, see
My shores and settled frontiers struck from view.
As the new chick on fragments settles back,
The telescope retires to its womb,
I bunch my coat and, chilly, cut for home.

Boxed at the nervy center of a house,
I watched a spectacle of stars
Like inward microbes fastened to my heart,
And knew the windows false,
And met that evil order looking straight.
Let Whitman go, and all the rest
Who turned their broad glad faces on the West;
Since all deliberate innocence must fail,
Call back the heart, the naïve heart, and tell . . .

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