Posted by: cosmicgarden | January 6, 2013

Poetry of Voltairine de Cleyre

(I hope these are shared widely as possible. Many Thanks to “Liberated Existence” and the Stan Iverson Archives-CW)


Mary Wollstonecraft

The dust of a hundred years
Is on thy breast,
And thy day and thy night of tears
Are centurine rest.
Thou to whom joy was dumb,
Life a broken rhyme,
Lo, thy smiling time is come,
And our weeping time.
Thou who hadst sponge and myrrh
And a bitter cross,
Smile, for the day is here
That we know our loss;—
Loss of thine undone deed,
Thy unfinished song,
Th’ unspoken word for our need,
Th’ unrighted wrong;
Smile, for we weep, we weep,
For the unsoothed pain,
The unbound wound burned deep,
That we might gain.
Mother of sorrowful eyes
In the dead old days,
Mother of many sighs,
Of pain-shod ways;
Mother of resolute feet
Through all the thorns,
Mother soul-strong, soul-sweet,—
Lo, after storms
Have broken and beat thy dust
For a hundred years,
Thy memory is made just,
And the just man hears.

Thy children kneel and repeat:
"Though dust be dust,
Though sod and coffin and sheet
And moth and rust
Have folded and molded and pressed,
Yet they cannot kill;
In the heart of the world at rest
She liveth still."

Philadelphia, 27th April 1893

The Poetry of Voltairine de Cleyre




And Thou Too
The Hurricane
At the Grave in Waldheim
The Dirge of the Sea
I Am
Love’s Ghost
Life or Death
The Toast of Despair
Mary Wollstonecraft
John P. Altgeld
The Feast of Vultures
The Suicide’s Defense
The Road Builders
Ave et Vale
"Light Upon Waldheim"



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This Page restores the page created 1/10/1999, by "Liberated Existence", which has not been on the internet since 2003. Added to the Stan Iverson Archives in August 2006.

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