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Today's title comes from Robert Frost's "The Master Speed," the final lines of which are inscribed on his and his wife Elinor's gravestone:

Two such as you with such a master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.


Frost's three lead sentences are rather the real reason, however, for my marking the lovely phrase:

No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the steam of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still —
Off any still or moving thing you say. Robert Frost, 'The Master Speed,' The Poetry of Robert Frost, ed. Edward Connery Lathem, New York, Holt, 1969, 300.


I say this because we are "Oar to Oar and Wing to Wing" with wedding preparations here. Just in case you've missed a word or two recently, the true radiance of my week's work can now best be seen off-line.

If "proper words in proper places" defines style, some words are best left unsaid.

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A lovely tribute!

Posted by Huldah Marguerite on May 27, 2004 07:19 AM


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