Amy Lowell: Before Dawn

Before Dawn

Life!  Austere arbiter of each man's fate,  By whom he learns that Nature's steadfast laws  Are as decrees immutable; O pause Your even forward march!  Not yet too late Teach me the needed lesson, when to wait  Inactive as a ship when no wind draws  To stretch the loosened cordage.  One implores Thy clemency, whose wilfulness innate  Has gone uncurbed and roughshod while the years     Have lengthened into decades; now distressed He knows no rule by which to move or stay,  And teased with restlessness and desperate fears He dares not watch in silence thy wise way     Bringing about results none could have guessed.