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Poem by Eleanor Farjeon


Sonnet (About the house go terrible winds in flight)


About the house go terrible winds in flight,
Out of the hiss and wash of sleepless seas
Half-drowning voices scream wild messages
Into the hungry belly of the night,
And icy-breasted clouds conceal the white
Souls of the stars, and in their bosoms freeze
The citadel of the moon, to whom gaunt trees
Stretch desperate arms that seem to pray for light.

Even so in me the elemental war
Strives fiercely to obliterate the heights,
And while the faint flesh staggers up the steeps
The naked spirit cries upon its star
That somewhere dwells among the eternal lights
Beyond this dreadful battle of the deeps.



Eleanor Farjeon


Eleanor Farjeon's other poems:
  1. Underworld
  2. Two Choruses from Merlin in Broceliande
  3. Revolt
  4. Sonnets. 6. Certain among Us Walk in Loneliness
  5. Sonnets. 14. Now I have love again and life again


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