Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 6, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Mother Night

by James Weldon Johnson (1871 – 1938).

 

Mother Night

 

Eternities before the first-born day,

Or ere the first sun fledged his wings of flame,

Calm Night, the everlasting and the same,

A brooding mother over chaos lay.

And whirling suns shall blaze and then decay,                     5

Shall run their fiery courses and then claim

The haven of the darkness whence they came;

Back to Nirvanic peace shall grope their way.

 

So when my feeble sun of life burns out,

And sounded is the hour for my long sleep,                        10

I shall, full weary of the feverish light,

Welcome the darkness without fear or doubt,

And heavy-lidded, I shall softly creep

Into the quiet bosom of the Night. 

 

Notes:

http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/amlit/johnson/johnson1.html

http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/johnson/johnson.htm


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