The Visionary

Marguerite Yourcenar

On the snow I saw
A deer trapped in metal jaws.

I saw in the moat
A drowned corpse float.

I saw on the strand
A hard shell in the sand.

I saw on the water
Birds flutter.

I saw in towns
The damned brought down.

On the country's open face
I saw smoke columns of hate.

Where the seas run
I saw a bitter sun.

I saw drawn in space
This century's moving trace.

I saw in the skies
Unfathomable eyes.

I saw in my soul
Flame and ash of coal.

In my heart I found
A dark god's victory crown.

Last updated December 22, 2022