TODAY: In 1887, American poet Marianne Moore is born.

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Silence

Marianne Moore, 1887 - 1972



My father used to say, 

“Superior people never make long visits, 

have to be shown Longfellow’s grave 

or the glass flowers at Harvard. 

Self-reliant like the cat— 

that takes its prey to privacy, 

the mouse’s limp tail hanging like a shoelace from its mouth—  

they sometimes enjoy solitude, 

and can be robbed of speech by speech which has delighted them. 

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; 

not in silence, but restraint.” 

Nor was he insincere in saying, “Make my house your inn.” 

Inns are not residences.



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