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Poem by Elinor Wylie


The Tortoise in Eternity


Within my house of patterned horn 
I sleep in such a bed 
As men may keep before theyre born 
And after when theyre dead.

Sticks and stones may break their bones, 
And words may make them bleed; 
There is not one of them who owns 
An armour to his need.

Tougher than hide or lozenged bark, 
Snow-storm and thunder proof, 
And quick with sun, and thick with dark, 
Is this my darling roof.

Mens troubled dreams of death and birth 
Puls mother-o-pearl to black; 
I bear the rainbow bubble Earth 
Square on my scornful back.



Elinor Wylie


Elinor Wylie's other poems:
  1. Madmans Song
  2. Primavera in the North
  3. Curious Circumstance
  4. The Lost Path
  5. Parting Gift


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