While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire,
And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass
I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rots to make earth.
Out of the mother; and through the spring exultances, ripeness and decadence; and
home to the mother.
You making haste haste on decay: not blameworthy; life is good, be it stubbornly long or
A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.
But for my children, I would have them keep their distance from the thickening center;
Never has been compulsory, when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the
And boys, be in nothing so moderate as in love of man, a clever servant, insufferable
There is the trap that catches noblest spirits, that caughtthey sayGod, when he walked
Robinson Jeffers, The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, Random House, 1953.