That your eyes might be Shining for me

by jbkeenanjr

Lawrence of Arabia, renowned for his role in t...

Lawrence of Arabia, renowned for his role in the Arab Revolt of 1916, was born in Tremadog in 1888. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved you, so I drew these tides of
Men into my hands

And wrote my will across the
Sky and stars
To earn you freedom, the seven
Pillared worthy house,
That your eyes might be
Shining for me
When I came

Death seemed my servant on the
Road, ’til we were near
And saw you waiting:
When you smiled and in sorrowful
Envy he outran me
And took you apart:
Into his quietness

Love, the way-weary, groped to your body,
Our brief wage
Ours for the moment
Before Earth’s soft hand explored your shape
And the blind
Worms grew fat upon
Your substance

Men prayed me that I set our work,
The inviolate house,
As a memory of you
But for fit monument I shattered it,
Unfinished: and now
The little things creep out to patch
Themselves hovels
In the marred shadow
Of your gift.

Thomas Edward Lawrence, 1922

 

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