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By Beechwood 45789 (Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 01:50:14 AM EST) (all tags)
"There is the trap that catches noblest spirits, that caught - they say -
    God, when he walked on earth."


Shine, Perishing Republic
by Robinson Jeffers

While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening
    to empire,
And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the
    mass hardens,
I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rots
    to make earth.
Out of the mother; and through the spring exultances, ripeness and decadence;
    and home to the mother.

You making haste, haste on decay: not blameworthy; life is good, be it
    stubbornly long or suddenly
A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains:
    shine, perishing republic.
But for my children, I would have them keep their distance from the
    thickening center; corruption
Never has been compulsory, when the cities lie at the monster's feet there
    are left the mountains.

And boys, be in nothing so moderate as in love of man, a clever servant,
    insufferable master.
There is the trap that catches noblest spirits, that caught - they say -
    God, when he walked on earth.

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Poem of the Day: "Shine, Perishing Republic" by Robinson Jeffers | 2 comments (2 topical, 0 hidden)
enjoyable by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 04:40:12 AM EST
though the theme sometimes feels played out, this was a good rendition of it.

I love this poem by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 04:51:34 AM EST
I first read it on k5.

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Poem of the Day: "Shine, Perishing Republic" by Robinson Jeffers | 2 comments (2 topical, 0 hidden)