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Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars,
That gathers on the pane in empty rooms.

I love that image. We get that on the big window in my kitchen door a lot. I think it's the only window in the house that isn't double-paned.

That is a great poem.

Gretchen had a poem about an old man today, too.


I particularly liked that image, too.

Good Chesterton poem, too, though I don't quite get the bit about the weeds.

One blogger says this: when young seeking to be a leader and associating with the strong and defiant even when in error (when the weeds were showing) " when young seeking to be a leader and associating with the strong and defiant even when in error (when the weeds were showing) …"


I remember first reading that poem a few years back and being quite struck by it. It captures the mood perfectly.

This is disquieting, to say the least:

A light he was to no one but himself
Where now he sat, concerned with he knew what,
A quiet light, and then not even that.

I'm not entirely sure what that means. But I think it's just a description of his falling asleep alone.

This being Frost, I figured he must be going for something more like the man’s being a tiny light all alone in the universe with no connection to anyone or anything else, and then nothing. And he represents each of us. But I much prefer your reading.

Hmm. I never would have thought of that, but although I think my view is the starting place, those resonances may have been intended.

I just thought it meant that his light had gotten dim, which goes along with the, I think, waning moon. He can't keep a house, he doesn't have enough light (or life) for anyone else.


That, too. It could mean both the general waning of his life and a specific falling asleep. Yes, a "late-arising" moon is waning.

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