Randall Jarrell quotes

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--Here, the flag snaps in the glare and silence
Of the unbroken ice. I stand here,
I wrung from the darkness--that the darkness flung me--
Is worthless as ignorance: nothing comes from nothing,
A filmy trash
Litters the black woods with the death
One year
They sent a million here:
The soul has no assignments, neither cooks
Nor referees: it wastes its time.
It wastes its time.
The blind date that has stood you up: your life.
The firelight of a long, blind, dreaming story
Lingers upon your lips; and I have seen
These calves, grown muscular with certainties;
This nose, three medium-sized pink strawberries
An object among dreams, you sit here with your shoes off
And curl your legs up under you;
bars of that strange speech
In which each sound sets out to seek each other,
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