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Short poem

Raymond Knister (1899-1932)


              1I shall not wonder more, then,
              2But I shall know.

              3Leaves change, and birds, flowers,
              4And after years are still the same.

              5The sea's breast heaves in sighs to the moon,
              6But they are moon and sea forever.

              7As in other times the trees stand tense and lonely,
              8And spread a hollow moan of other times.

              9You will be you yourself,
            10I'll find you more, not else,
            11For vintage of the woeful years.

            12The sea breathes, or broods, or loudens,
            13Is bright or is mist and the end of the world;
            14And the sea is constant to change.

            15I shall not wonder more, then,
            16But I shall know.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Collected Poems of Raymond Knister, ed. Dorothy Livesay (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1949): 38. PS 8521 N567A17 1949 Robarts Library.
First publication date: December 1922
Publication date note: "Seven Poems," The Midland 8.12 (Dec. 1922): 332
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/27

Rhyme: unrhymed

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