(In the Temple of Poseidon)

BY JOSEPHINE PRESTON PEABODY
LORD of the Sea, we sun-filled creatures raise
Our hands among the clamorous weeds,— we too,
Lord of the Sun, and of the upper blue,
Of all To-morrow, and all yesterdays.
Here, where the thousand broken names and ways
Of worship are but shards we wandered through,
There is no gift to offer, or undo;
There is no prayer left in us, only praise.
Only to glory in this glory here,
Through the dead smoke of myriad sacrifice;—
To look through these blue spaces, blind and clear
Even as the seaward gaze of Homer’s eyes;
And from high heart and cup, red wine to pour
Unto the Unknown God.—We ask no more.