Thursday, November 2, 2017

Where Death Defies Lament

In Nature’s hand death defies grief
Its beauty undeterred
As lofty limb is weaned of leaf
And shadow-scrim is shirred

Where, though the lilt of summer green
Quilts earth with bronze and rust
It strikes a sacred chord between
The Dreamer and the Dust

…for Beauty does not bow her head
Or break beneath the toll
That drives the leaf-song to a bed
That harbours all but soul

As font of farewell fills the rill
With taunt of season spent
It draws the eye toward the hill
Where death defies lament

© Janet Martin

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