You cannot choose your battlefield,God does that for you;But you can plant a standardWhere a standard never flew.(From )
The rose has toldIn one simplicityThat never lifeRelinquishes a bloomBut to bestowAn ancient confidence.
The rose has told In one simplicity. That never life Relinquishes a bloom But to bestow An ancient confidence.
Once a pallid Vestal Doubted truth in blue; Listed red in ruin, Harried every hue; Barricaded vision, Garbed herself in sighs; Ridiculed the birthmarks Of the butterflies.
Finally she faltered; Saw at last, forsooth, Every gaudy color Is a bit of truth. Then the gates were opened; Miracles were seen; That instructed damsel Donned a gown of green; Wore it in a churchyard, All arrayed with care; And a painted rainbow Shone above her there.
Let go the lure The striving to unmake; Behold the truth Whenever heart may ache There is a glory In a great mistake.
Great is the rose Infected by the tomb, Yet burgeoning Indifferent to death.
The sun shall shine in ages yet to be, The musing moon illumine pastures dim, And afterwards a new nativity For all who slept the dreamless interim.
Oh I'm in love with the janitor's boy, And the janitor's boy loves me; He's going to hunt for a desert isle In our geography.
The very serpents bite their tails; the bees forget to sting, For a language so celestial setteth up a wondering. And the touch of absent mindedness is more than any line, Since direction counts for nothing when the gods set up a sign.
The starry brocade of the summer night Is linked to us as part of our estate; And every bee that wings its sidelong flight Assurance of a sweeter, fairer fate.
Great is the rose That challenges the crypt, And quotes milleniums Against the grave.
A single-motored miracle, a lead mine on each flank; Below a shadow swept and awed the hundred-fathom bank.
He found the harem filled with rocking maids Surrendered to the orgies of the sob.
He'll carry me off, I know that he will, For his hair is exceedingly red; And the only thing that occurs to me Is to dutifully shiver in bed.