rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,
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flying_blind

Running Down

Long nearing-winter night once paling at its eastern edge seems to have been shorter than others I recall. I don't know why my eyes keep wanting to close. It's been no time at all. Maybe it's this night's slightly less chilled air, or the purring of the cat. Maybe it's the unheard music unbidden running through my head as though some celestial radio has been left on. Maybe I'm merely eager to dream and find there something I've lost or never known I had. Slight pale sky is all I'll see this morning though, I think. Here's this in lieu of dawn:



Sunday Verse


The Sun Rising


by John Donne


Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late school-boys and sour prentices,
Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices;
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

Thy beams so reverend, and strong
Why shouldst thou think ?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long.
If her eyes have not blinded thine,
Look, and to-morrow late tell me,
Whether both th' Indias of spice and mine
Be where thou left'st them, or lie here with me.
Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear, "All here in one bed lay."

She's all states, and all princes I;
Nothing else is;
Princes do but play us; compared to this,
All honour's mimic, all wealth alchemy.
Thou, Sun, art half as happy as we,
In that the world's contracted thus;
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy center is, these walls thy sphere.
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