A Dreamer’s Duty


Cassia, myrrh, and olibanum

All mixed together

On a November morning

Down to the ships of Kolkhis

And to Andromàkhe’s wedding,

Tender, swift-glancing Andromàkhe


So many shores and sands and seas

To weave the tapestry

Of this Autumnall Beautie of a day


And the untiring gaze

To hold the hypnotic dance

To the quivering edge

Of a dreamer’s duty

5 November