🌾 Today’s Poem ~ I Am The Rock

I Am the Rock

Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

I am the Rock, presumptuous Sea!
I am set to encounter thee.
10Angry and loud or gentle and still,
I am set here to limit thy power, and I will!
I am the Rock!
I am the Rock. From age to age
I scorn thy fury and dare thy rage.
Scarred by frost and worn by time,
Brown with weed and green with slime,
Thou may’st drench and defile me and spit in my face,
But while I am here thou keep’st thy place!
I am the Rock!
I am the Rock, beguiling Sea!
I know thou art fair as fair can be,
With golden glitter and silver sheen,
And bosom of blue and garments of green.
Thou may’st pat my cheek with baby hands,
And lap my feet in diamond sands,
And play before me as children play;
But plead as thou wilt, I bar the way!
I am the Rock!
I am the Rock. Black midnight falls;
The terrible breakers rise like walls;
With curling lips and gleaming teeth
They plunge and tear at my bones beneath.
Year upon year they grind and beat
In storms of thunder and storms of sleet,—
11Grind and beat and wrestle and tear,
But the rock they beat on is always there
I am the Rock!

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