Daily Micro: Yesterday’s Artists in Today’s World ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Acknowledging Elizabeth (Barrett Browning)


To a lady the angel doth speak

But not of a tale for the meek


Cursed be the nations

I say you write

The damn politicians

And all of the right


In secret flight

Not of freedom so bidden

Nor cover of night

But sum thou hidden

Cursed thou write


Ye who broke the circle

In secret affinity

With deathless


Cursed thou write


Claiming your fortune

Prosper ye do

The work of fiends

Ever for you

Cursed thou write


Natives and animals

Nature be true

Gainsay your future

Whatever ye do

Cursed thou write


Your place in the sun

Ever so brief

All of the horror

And never relief

Cursed thou write


My lady

The angel doth speak

My lady


Thou write


~ Stephen J. Bergstrom


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