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Easter in the West

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  • Bradford Riley
    Easter ONCE more the northbound Wonder Brings back the goose and crane, Prophetic Sons of Thunder, Apostles of the Rain. In many a battling river The broken
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2003
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      Easter

      ONCE more the northbound Wonder
      Brings back the goose and crane,
      Prophetic Sons of Thunder,
      Apostles of the Rain.
      In many a battling river
      The broken gorges boom;
      Behold, the Mighty Giver
      Emerges from the tomb!
      Now robins chant the story
      Of how the wintry sward
      Is litten with the glory
      Of the Angel of the Lord.
      His countenance is lightning
      And still His robe is snow,
      As when the dawn was brightening
      Two thousand years ago.
      O who can be a stranger
      To what has come to pass?
      The Pity of the Manger
      Is mighty in the grass!
      Undaunted by Decembers,
      The sap is faithful yet.
      The giving Earth remembers,
      And only men forget.

      John G. Neihardt

      L'Envoi

      to The Poet's Town (1912)

      SEEK not for me within a tomb;
      You shall not find me in the clay!
      I pierce a little wall of gloom
      To mingle with the Day!
      I brothered with the things that pass,
      Poor giddy Joy and puckered Grief;
      I go to brother with the Grass
      And with the sunning Leaf.
      Not Death can sheathe me in a shroud;
      A joy-sword whetted keen with pain,
      I join the armies of the Cloud,
      The Lightning and the Rain.
      O subtle in the sap a thrill,
      Athletic in the glad uplift,
      A portion of the Cosmic Will,
      I pierce the planet-drift.
      My God and I shall interknit
      As rain and Ocean, breath and Air;
      And O, the luring thought of it
      Is prayer!

      John G. Neihardt




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