Beholding Goodness and Severity

Maskil 2 –Beholding Goodness and Severity 5/6/97


How, like Blake’s Tyger and his Lamb,

Does two-fac’d Spring display “I AM”?


Warmth persuades the antler’s fall

Chills ambush our willow tree

Robin’s trapp’d in treachery

From the soil the larvae crawl


Screaming winds eat mangl’d earth

Snows and floods remain untam’d

Hailstones murder hatching eggs

Angry clouds twist writhing mirth

Helpless victims cry unnam’d

Winter pours it’s last, long dregs


The flower’d fruitfulness of earth

Comes after pains of Summer’s birth.



*this is a reference to William Blake and a contrast of Romans 11:22