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Poem by Madison Julius Cawein


Death


THROUGH some strange sense of sight or touch
I find what all have found before,
The presence I have feared so much,
The unknowns immaterial door.

I seek not and it comes to me;        
The do not know the thing I find:
The fillet of fatality
Drops from my brows that made me blind.

Point forward now or backward, light!
The way I take I may not choose:        
Out of the night into the night,
And in the night no certain clues.

But on the future, dim and vast,
And dark with dust and sacrifice,
Deaths towering ruin from the past
Makes black the land that round me lies.



Madison Julius Cawein


Madison Julius Cawein's other poems:
  1. The Wood God
  2. Poe
  3. Dogtown
  4. Love's Calendar
  5. Fall


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Hood Death ("It is not death, that sometime in a sigh")
  • William Yeats Death ("Nor dread nor hope attend")
  • John Clare Death ("Why should man's high aspiring mind")
  • George Herbert Death ("Death, thou wast once an uncouth hideous thing")
  • Henry Vaughan Death ("'TIS a sad Land, that in one day")
  • James Hunt Death ("Death is a road our dearest friends have gone")
  • Thomas MacDonagh Death ("Life is a boon - and death, as spirit and flesh are twain")

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