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Monday, 13 April 2020

The Chain by Jane Tyson Clement

Too late we break the siege
of the close-bastioned heart,
and find the city starved,
dry to the bone, and dark.

Too late we cut the chain
who cannot find the key;
the captive soul has died,
the captive flame is quenched.

The devil does not thrust
against the armored gate;
nor counsel us to yield—
he counsels us to wait.

From: Clement, Jane Tyson, The Secret Flower and Other Stories, 2003, The Bruderhof  Foundations, Farmington PA, p. 43.

Date: 19??

From: Jane Tyson Clement (1917-2000)