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Morning Song of Senlin

By Aiken, Conrad

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Book Id: WPLBN0000707204
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Morning Song of Senlin  
Author: Aiken, Conrad
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collection: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


Excerpt: It is morning, Senlin says, and in the morning // When the light drips through the shutters like the dew, // I arise, I face the sunrise, // And do the things my fathers learned to do. // Stars in the purple dusk above the rooftops // Pale in a saffron mist and seem to die, // And I myself on a swiftly tilting planet // Stand before a glass and tie my tie. // Vine leaves tap my window, // Dew-drops sing to the garden stones, // The robin chips in the chinaberry tree // Repeating three clear tones. // It is morning. I stand by the mirror // And tie my tie once more. // While waves far off in a pale rose twilight // Crash on a white sand shore. // I stand by a mirror and comb my hair: // How small and white my face!- // The green earth tilts through a sphere of air // And bathes in a flame of space. // There are houses hanging above the stars // And stars hung under a sea...// And a sun far off in a shell of silence // Dapples my walls for me...// It is morning, Senlin says, and in the morning // Should I not pause in the light to remember God? // Upright and firm I stand on a star unstable, // He is immense and lonely as a cloud. // I will dedicate this moment before my mirror // To him alone, and for him I will comb my hair. // Accept these humble offerings, cloud of silence! // I will think of you as I descend the stair. // Vine leaves tap my window, // The snail-track shines on the stones, // Dew-drops flash from the chinaberry tree // Repeating two clear tones.


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