Tuesday, 7 October 2014

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it. E. S

Edith Sitwell ( 1887 – 1964) was a British poet
  Edith reacted badly to her eccentric, unloving parents, and lived for much of her life with her governess. She never married, but became passionately attached to the homosexual Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew, and her home was always open to London's poetic circle. her first book, The Mother and Other Poems, appeared in 1915. She edited the 1916 anthology Wheels, which defined her poetic style.  Sitwell was created Dame of the British Empire in 1954. She died in 1964.

I kept my answers small and kept them near;
Big questions bruised my mind but still I let
Small answers be a bullwark to my fear.

The huge abstractions I kept from the light;
Small things I handled and caressed and loved.
I let the stars assume the whole of night.

But the big answers clamoured to be moved Into my life. Their great audacity
Shouted to be acknowledged and believed.

Even when all small answers build up to
Protection of my spirit, still I hear
Big answers striving for their overthrow.

And all the great conclusions coming near.
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