Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Poetry Day - I could give all to Time except ...

On a page at the beginning of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner is a stanza of a poem by Robert Frost. Being me I had to find the rest of this poem, and it is the final stanza of this poem below.

I Could Give All To Time

To Time it never seems that he is brave
To set himself against the peaks of snow
To lay them level with the running wave,
Nor is he overjoyed when they lie low,
But only grave, contemplative and grave.

What now is inland shall be ocean isle,
Then eddies playing round a sunken reef
Like the curl at the corner of a smile;
And I could share Time’s lack of joy or grief
At such a planetary change of style.

I could give all to Time except – except
What I myself have held. But why declare
The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
And what I would not part with I have kept.

Robert Frost

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