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Sonnet on the Book of Mormon

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 23, 2013

Sonnet on the Book of Mormon

By Clinton F. Larson

(This future noted Mormon poet was in 1940 a
missionary serving in the New England Mission)

The ruins murmur on unceasingly
To testify there was another day …
This western hemisphere has known a glory
That we know little of, except to say:
‘I felt their grandeur in the backward look …’
They had a scripture from Omnipotence:
So from the dust, from them to us, the book
Came down, spanning timeless decadence
To tell us of the nations and the forms
That have gone down beneath consuming time;
What temporal monument, against the storms,
Can hold steadfastly in artistic rhyme?
But Mayan ruins speak in scriptural flow
With far more eloquence than forms can know.

(1940)



4 Comments »

  1. A young man, honing his craft. He got better. The first line is a nice image, and I also like the line

    I felt their grandeur in the backward look …

    Outside of that, I’m not impressed. You should see some of my poetry from when I was that age. All full of Tolkien references, and intense naval gazing. I gave up poetry, perhaps just in time.

    Comment by kevinf — April 23, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

  2. Maybe if Bro. Larson had been in Portsmouth or Newport he could have engaged in some naval gazing himself, but I’m still mystified about what navy ever fell beneath a Utah boy’s gaze.

    Comment by Mark B. — April 23, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

  3. Mark, Ouch! Belly button lint obscured the “e” and made it look like an “a!” The grocery store had it wrong, as well.

    Comment by kevinf — April 23, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

  4. I hate when that happens!

    Comment by Mark B. — April 23, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

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