Marianne Moore

Sun, Moon, and Stars:

To look up at you calling you angels is unprofitable, yes-
If as I look, I am reminded to admire men's heartlessness
   And piercing pride, and platinum pretense.

Man's valor, man's submission-each has spiritual work. Then confess,
Sun, Moon, and Stars: Is impotence more virtuous than might, or less
   In worth? Which is of greater consequence?