American Muse: Robinson Jeffers

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“To the House”

I am heaping the bones of the old mother
To build us a hold against the host of the air;
Granite the blood-heat of her youth
Held molten in hot darkness against the heart
Hardened to temper under the feet
Of the ocean cavalry that are maned with snow
And march from the remotest west.
This is the primitive rock, here in the wet
Quarry under the shadow of waves
Whose hollows mouthed the dawn; little house each stone
Baptized from that abysmal font
The sea and the secret earth gave bonds to affirm you.

Above – Robinson Jeffers seated in Hawk Tower.
Below – Tor House and Hawk Tower, built by Robinson Jeffers from boulders hauled up from the beaches below.

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