Penitence

After William Wordsworth’s “Preface to Lyrical Ballads,” 1800

Recollected in tranquillity,
passions burnt beyond their embers.
Unguarded breath conjures dust devils,
smoke without fire,
echoes of disgrace remembered
by the ashen light of dawn.
Dignified in variegated gray,
sifted, judiciously, of all meannness
and vulgarity,
they grace an untroubled brow.

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