Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “The Storm—and After”
Author(s): O., E. W.
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 42
Issue number: 14639
|O., E. W. “The Storm—and After.” World 19 Sept. 1901 v42n14639: p. 6.|
|McKinley assassination (poetry); William McKinley (mourning: poetry).|
The Storm—and After
A DEADLY lightning flash from out clear skies—
A thunder sound to split the ear of earth—
A moment’s pause, Death’s presence over all,
And then the gushing torrents of the rain!
The lightning flash, Assassination’s dart—
The thunder sound, the Anarch’s hollow roar;
The prize of death, the people’s chosen Head;
The rain that fell, a nation’s flood of tears.
When storms are past the bent flowers lift their heads,
And grains are newly strong that felt the rain.
So may our hearts, in after-bloom of peace,
Show forth the cleansing nourishment of grief!