6.18.2014

Sonnet V, "These Sudden Flashes"

it is addressed thusly:
An ode.
it reads:
These sudden flashes mark a time I know not
Blinking across the floor and up the walls
The fireflies flash in a sky star-unshot
Responding latently the thunder calls;
What was a sky with stars enow to count
Long lost its many splendored host of yore
Is now like every summer squall and fount
From dark and darkness shown its waters pour;
But now it rests and marks a silent waiting
City breathes its lucent fumes abroad
As when symphonic sounds anticipating
Break the movement, are with softness shod;
  And then the force: a hundred violins
  A night as bright as day! The music ends.

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