About Many Things

PL

How many times these low feet staggered,
Only the soldered mouth can tell;
Try! can you stir the awful rivet?
Try! can you lift the hasps of steel?

Stroke the cool forehead, hot so often,
Lift, if you can, the listless hair;
Handle the adamantine fingers —
Never a thimble more shall wear.

Buzz the dull flies on the chamber window;
Brave shines the sun through the freckled pane;
Fearless, the cobweb swings from the ceiling —
Indolent housewife, in daisies lain!

First print Time and Eternity XI, 11
Johnson 187 | Franklin 238

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