To the Stone-Cutters by John Robinson Jeffers

Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you foredefeated
Challengers of oblivion
Eat cynical earnings, knowing rock splits, records fall down,
The square-limbed Roman letters
Scale in the thaws, wear in the rain. The poet as well
Builds his monument mockingly;
For man will be blotted out, the blithe earth die, the brave sun
Die blind and blacken to the heart:
Yet stones have stood for a thousand years, and pained thoughts found
The honey of peace in old poems.

From: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/jeffers/onlinepoems.htm

Date: 1924

By: John Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

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