Thursday, August 2, 2018

The verse below was written by Susan Lindsay Russell, the daughter of the poet Vachel Lindsay, who killed himself by drinking Lysol.    It seems to have been written while she was living with her husband John and her father-in-law, who was Bertrand Russell.    There is some speculation that she and Lord Russell, who was approaching 80 at the time, were lovers.  Without doubt, he opened up his inner life to her more than to most others in the family circle, more than to most of his (other?) lovers --

Sing a song for the swimmers,
who died and died well;
who died and died truly
in death, as in life
finding life's loving truly
in the cold and broken death
of life's last entry
of the last recall
the womb of death most surely
the sweetest womb of all.

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