|Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)
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can ever change the face of night,
Inscrutible and passionless behind
Searchlights' mechanic bars, swung straightly white,
Like blind men's sticks, — as groping and as blind.
They are the engines of the infidels,
Whose robot arms point mute hostility
Athwart the stars rung more bright than midnight bells,
And wiser than to mock futility.
The unreproachful moon can bide her hour,
Orion waits, all girt about with fire,
The Pleides forge their encircled power,
While all the world and I and my desire
Are drawn into the black aspirant bars
Of poplars striving to the strifeless stars.
Green Book No.6