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    By Jane Tyson Clement

    October 23, 2009

    Seeking the fact that lies behind the flower
    the soul will break its own mortality;
    searching the time that lies beyond the hour
    the soul will yield its blind serenity;
    that is but briefly to be ill at ease
    and then forever to be tranquil-eyed,
    stirring the wrath of temporal deities
    who hurl pale lightning when they are defied.
    The least fine sheaf of millet will repay
    the soul’s slow contemplation, and the still
    ages of starlight between day and day;
    the climb is steep to mount a sudden hill;
    but if man, fearless, follows stars, he’ll find –
    lo, he is more than stars, and more than mind.






    These poems and others by Jane Clement can be found in her anthology, No One Can Stem The Tide.

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    Contributed By JaneTysonClement Jane Tyson Clement

    Jane Tyson Clement (1917–2000) was a poet, author, and playwright.

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