Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Night" by Louise Bogan

Bioluminescence, Vaadhoo Island, The Maldives

The cold remote islands
And the blue estuaries
Where what breathes, breathes
The restless wind of the inlets,
And what drinks, drinks
The incoming tide;

Where shell and weed
Wait upon the salt wash of the sea,
And the clear nights of stars
Swing their lights westward
To set behind the land;

Where the pulse clinging to the rocks
Renews itself forever;
Where, again on cloudless nights,
The water reflects
The firmament's partial setting;

--O remember
In your narrowing dark hours
That more things move
Than blood in the heart.

"Night" by Louise Bogan from The Blue Estuaries.
© Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.

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