Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 11, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: The Ancient Elf

by James Stephens (1882 – 1950).


The Ancient Elf


I am the maker,

The builder, the breaker,

The eagle-winged helper,

The speedy forsaker!


The lance and the lyre,                              5

The water, the fire,

The tooth of oppression,

The lip of desire!


The snare and the wing,

They honey, the sting!                            10

When you seek for me—look

For a different thing!


I, careless and gay,

Never mean what I say,

For my thoughts and my eyes               15

Look the opposite way!



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