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After Storm
Madison Julius Cawein


Great clouds of sullen seal and gold
   Bar bleak the tawny west,
From which all day the thunder rolled,
   And storm streamed, crest on crest.

Now silvery in its deeps of bronze
   The new moon fills its sphere;
And point by point the darkness dons
   Its pale stars there and here.

But still behind the moon and stars,
   The peace of heaven remains
Suspicion of the wrath that wars,
   That Nature now restrains.

As, lined 'neath tiger eyelids, glare
   The wild-beast eyes that sleep,
So smoulders in its sunset lair
   The rage that rent the deep.

This poem is in the public domain.


Madison Julius Cawein (1865 - 1914) was a poet from Louisville, Kentucky, who loved to write about nature. Sometimes referred to as "the Keats of Kentucky," Madison published more than thirty books of his own work and translated numerous others written by German poets. While nature was his favorite theme--his wonderfully detailed poems about his native state's flora and fauna have been called a "veritable nature guide to the Kentucky woodlands"--Madison also wrote about a broad range of other subjects, ranging from vampires to fairies. Critically popular, internationally acclaimed, and frequently published in contemporary magazines of his day, Madison was rendered almost destitute by the stock market crash in 1912 and was forced to sell his home and much of his library collection to survive.


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If you google "the color seal" numerous references come up, mostly referring to a brown color, like a seal's fur.
Posted 09/04/2019 04:01 PM
Since this is n old poem, meaning of word "seal" as a color would be in some old English usage somewher.
Posted 09/04/2019 03:57 PM
Another good find. The Keats of Kentucky indeed.
Posted 09/04/2019 06:25 AM

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