Crystalline Moments in Verse
Notice how the economy of poetry may catch a single moment or experience of beauty and magnify it. Consider the following short impression from Walter de la Mare (1873-1956):
One night as Dick lay half asleep,
Into his drowsy eyes
A great still light began to creep
From out the silent skies.
It was the lovely moon's, for when
He raised his dreamy head,
Her surge of silver filled the pane
And streamed across his bed.
So, for a while, each gazed at each --
Dick and the solemn moon --
Till, climbing slowly on her way,
She vanished, and was gone