Serenely a muskrat noses through the lines Of stars; the cool reflective moon sways in The water that trembling languidly but once Now settles, steadies itself again, and shines Impassive within the astonished O, again Moveless
, upon the water's plane immense.
Then, as midnight makes Her giant heart of Memory and Tears Drink the pale drug of silence, and so beat Sleep's heavy measure, they from head to feet Were moveless
, looking through their dead black years, By vain regret scrawled over the blank wall.
It seems untouched by the passage of time: "With moveless
, dedicated eyes, / It gazes on, while all the waste / Seconds and minutes, hours and days / Plunge to that echoing gulf, the past" It is the contrast between the inevitable ticking away of time and the wonder of eternity represented by the flower and the carved angel that leads to the poem's deft conclusion: "What does each Adoration care / For sorrow measured off by sound?
The Leader came by slowly, in a shining car, a little dark man with a comic-opera moustache, erect and standing, moveless
and unsmiling, with his hand upraised, palm outward, not in Nazi-wise salute, but straight up in a gesture of blessing such as the Buddha or Messiahs use.
Thou bay-crown'd living one--who o'er The bay-crown'd dead art bowing, And o'er the shadeless, moveless
brow Thy human shadow throwing; And o'er the sighless, songless lips The wall and music wedding-- Dropping o'er the tranquil eyes Tears not of their shedding.
Deep-Hearted man, express Grief for thy Dead in silence like to death-- Most like a monumental statue set In everlasting watch and moveless
woe Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.