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Re: Help finding a poem

Posted By: Jerusha Dahm
Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2010, at 1:27 p.m.

In Response To: Help finding a poem (DeeBug )

The poem is called At Majority and is by Adrienne Rich. The poem entire (I believe) follows:

When you are old and beautiful
And things most difficult are done
There will be few who can recall
Your face as it is ravaged now
By youth and its oppressive work

Your look will hold their wondering looks
Brave as Cordelia at the last
With neither rancor at the past
Nor to upbraid the coming time
For you will be at peace with time

But now a daily warfare
Takes its toll of tenderness in you
And you must live like captains who
Wait out the hour before the charge-
Fearful, and yet impatient too.

Yet someday this will have an end
All choices made or choice resigned,
And in your face the literal eye
Trace little of your history,
Nor ever piece the tale entire

Of villages that had to burn
And playthings of the will destroyed
Before you could be safe from time
And gather in your brow and air
The stillness of antiquity.

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Help finding a poem
DeeBug -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Bill Ames -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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brittany hamilton -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Sharon -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Shirley Irvine -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Kay -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Gareth Petty -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Diane -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Rachel Willis -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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kevin -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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carla katz -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Kathleen Basoco -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Linda -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Rasheda -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Matt Ross -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Ron Kurmis -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Louise -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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janice -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Lyn Marr -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Linda Knickrehm -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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kev sanders -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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jan Ferrainola -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.
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Dana Goodman -- Friday, 6 October 2006, at 6:32 a.m.

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