A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London
1Never until the mankind making
2Bird beast and flower
3Fathering and all humbling darkness
4Tells with silence the last light breaking
5And the still hour
6Is come of the sea tumbling in harness
7And I must enter again the round
8Zion of the water bead
9And the synagogue of the ear of corn
10Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
11Or sow my salt seed
12In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn
13The majesty and burning of the child's death.
14I shall not murder
15The mankind of her going with a grave truth
16Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
17With any further
18Elegy of innocence and youth.
19Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,
20Robed in the long friends,
21The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
22Secret by the unmourning water
23Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.