Dancing Dust

Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)

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Without the iron bars
And fly-blown glass,
Gay and important
The people pass;
But counting the minutes
Of work ill-done,
We brood here sunless
In sight of the sun,
In sight of the blue deeps
And doves in the towers
We crouch in the dimness,
Counting the hours;
Our eyes fixed dully
On one dull page —
Voluntary linnets
In a great stone cage.

Fools!
Look to the sky!
Since we've forgotten how to sing,
Shall we remember to fly?
 

Undated, 1942-43