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A certain ambiguity of rhythm is one of the beauties of a poem
In every generation
The young acquire an image of their elders
Tranquil, assured, with every day mapped out
From punctual meals to reading by the fire.
Threescore and ten is not like that at all
We find on getting there.
Is not mere repetition:
It is a blue flash,
A kingfisher vision
It is a new-feathered
And procreant love,
Seen where the halcyon
Nests on the waves.
Nothing is lost.
We are too sad to know that, or too blind;
Only in visited moments do we understand:
It is not that the dead return –
They are about us always, though unguessed.
And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
It compels humility: what we began
Is now its own.
To mark time is not to move:
Only the unkempt hours drip from the clock
Or pull at the cord coiled in its groove,
The marker moveless, and the change illusion.
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Sometimes I want to clean up my desk and go out and say, respect me, I'm a respectable grown-up, and other times I just want to jump into a paper bag and shake and bake myself to death.
July 30, 1912
October 15, 2001
Anne Barbara Ridler was a British poet, and Faber and Faber editor, selecting the Faber A Little Book of Modern Verse with T. S. Eliot. Her Collected Poems were published in 1994.
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