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Remembered Today:

Edward Thomas - Lights Out.


seaJane

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Killed on this day 100 years ago near Arras.

 

Lights Out
I have come to the borders of sleep, 
The unfathomable deep
Forest where all must lose
Their way, however straight, 
Or winding, soon or late;
They cannot choose. 
 
Many a road and track
That, since the dawn’s first crack,
Up to the forest brink, 
Deceived the travellers,
Suddenly now blurs,
And in they sink. 
 
Here love ends,
Despair, ambition ends;
All pleasure and all trouble,
Although most sweet or bitter, 
Here ends in sleep that is sweeter 
Than tasks most noble. 
 
There is not any book 
Or face of dearest look
That I would not turn from now 
To go into the unknown
I must enter, and leave, alone, 
I know not how. 
 
The tall forest towers; 
Its cloudy foliage lowers 
Ahead, shelf above shelf; 
Its silence I hear and obey 
That I may lose my way 
And myself.
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Beautiful. Thanks, SeaJane. Not forgotten in this household.

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