Quotation by Conrad Aiken

. . . Look! this flesh how it crumbles to dust and is blown!
These bones, how they grind in the granite of frost and are nothing!
This skull, how it yawns for a flicker of time in the darkness,
Yet laughs not and sees not!
Conrad Aiken (1889–1973), U.S. poet, novelist. Tetéelestai (l. 68–71). . .

Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
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