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Poem by Duncan Campbell Scott


Enigma


Some men are born to gather womens tears,
To give a harbour to their timorous fears,
To take them as the dry earth takes the rain,
As the dark wood the warm wind from the plain;
Yet their own tears remain unshed,
Their own tumultuous fears unsaid,
And, seeming steadfast as the forest and the earth
Shaken are they with pain.
They cry for voice as earth might cry for the sea
Or the wood for consuming fire;
Unanswered they remain
Subject to the sorrows of women utterly -
Heart and mind,
Subject as the dry earth to the rain
Or the dark wood to the wind.



Duncan Campbell Scott


Duncan Campbell Scott's other poems:
  1. The Voice and the Dusk
  2. The Sea by the Wood
  3. At Scarboro Beach
  4. The River Town
  5. Stone Breaking


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Moore Enigma ("Come riddle-me-ree, come riddle-me-ree")
  • Edgar Poe Enigma ("The noblest name in Allegory's page")

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