Much Too Beautiful to Stay

I love the look, austere, immaculate,
Of landscapes drawn in pearly monotones.
There’s something in my very blood that owns
Bare hills, cold silver on a sky of slate,
A thread of water, churned to milky spate
Streaming through slanted pastures fenced with stones.

I love those skies, thin blue or snowy gray,
Those fields sparse-planted, rendering meagre sheaves;
That spring, briefer than apple-blossom’s breath,
Summer, so much too beautiful to stay,
Swift autumn, like a bonfire of leaves,
And sleepy winter, like the sleep of death.

~Elinor Wylie from “Wild Peaches”

An amber light stretches from sky to ground
this beautiful morning, another mid-summer dawning-
today a clone of yesterday’s and the day before.

A stretch of forty identical days cannot last and will not stay.
I long again for rain and chill nights.

Drying up and pock-marked with holes,
I feel punched and withering in this browning landscape,
wondering on this Sabbath day of communing together
where holiness is to be found.

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4 thoughts on “Much Too Beautiful to Stay

  1. The images are beautiful and Elinor Wylie, interred in Forty-Fort PA not far from where I live, has long been a favorite poet.
    “Wild Peaches”, three perfect sonnets, is, I believe, her best. To the extent that beauty is truth, I find a great deal of holiness in today’s blog entry.

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  2. I’m writing to correct a comment I made earlier today. “Wild Peaches” by Elinor Wylie is composed of four Petrarchan sonnets, not three as I stated earlier.
    I hope you’ll forgive my error and, when time permits, enjoy the full poem. It’s a beauty!

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