Louise Bogan





Memory

Do not guard this as rich stuff without mark
Closed in a cedarn dark.
Nor lay it down with tragic masks and graves,
Licked by the tongues of leaves.

Nor let it be as eggs under the wings
Of helpless, startled things,
Nor encompassed by song, nor any glory,
Perverse and transitory.

Rather, like shards and straw upon coarse ground.
Of little worth when found, ---
Rubble in gardens, it and stones alike,
That any spade may strike.