In honor of Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, I find myself speechless, but I am resonating with:
Herman Melville’s Misgivings
Nature’s dark side is heeded now—
(Ah! optimist-cheer disheartened flown)—
A child may read the moody brow
Of yon black mountain lone.
With shouts the torrents down the gorges go,
And storms are formed behind the storm we feel:
The hemlock shakes in the rafter, the oak in the driving keel.
Notes: Poem is dated 1860 From Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War, found in the Selected Poems of Herman Melville, A Reader’s Edition, Edited by Robert Penn Warren, Copyright 1967, David R. Godine, Publisher; I hope Melville would forgive the lack of indentations, which WordPress doesn’t support.