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Poetry by Robert Stone: Past, present, and future

Past, present, and future- a villanelle for the birthday of Lisa Comperry
Fast waning past refuses to stay dumb
with memories dark spotting whitewashed page
and present clings while future beckons come.

No doubt that joys uplift and sorrows numb
and gentle passions silenced silent rage.
Fast waning past refuses to stay dumb.

No doubt that each tomorrow beats its drum
and promises a better golden age
and present clings while future beckons come.

No doubt that gay and bright can conquer glum
and well fill up each unexpected stage.
Fast waning past refuses to stay dumb.

No doubt that every revel leaves a crumb
and hints of wasting with no thought of wage
and present clings while future beckons come.

The weak before the mighty rules of thumb
sit satisfied in self-made unseen cage.
Fast waning past refuses to stay dumb
and present clings while future beckons come.

- Robert Stone, 31 December 2010
The next earlier poem by Robert Stone is A Psalm for Christmas Eve. Psalm 96: Each Day A New Song



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