The Laws of Verse
       Dear laws, come to my breast!
Take all my frame, and make your close arms meet
Around me; and so ruled, so warmed, so pressed,
I breathe, aware; I feel my wild heart beat.
       Dear laws, be wings to me!
The feather merely floats. O be it heard
Through weight of life—the skylark’s gravity—
That I am not a feather, but a bird.

Webpage © 2001 ELC
Lane Core Jr. (
Created April 14, 2001; not revised.