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Monthly Archives: January 2019

A new year

 

Painting by Rockwell Kent.

Here is a poem by Elder James Olson (American, 1909-1992).

 

December 1948

Pavane for the New Year

 

Soul, plucking the many strings

Of my limbs like puppet’s, make them dance,

Dance, dance, in somber joy,

That after all the sullen play

The old world falls, the new world forms.

 

A thought like music takes us now,

So like, that every soul must move,

Move in a most stately measure,

And souls and bodies tread in time

Till all the trembling towers fall down.

 

And now the stones arise again

Till all the world is built anew

And now in one accord like rhyme,

And we who wound the midnight clock

Hear the clock of morning chime.

Rockwell Kent snow ocean

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