H.D., "Red Rose and a Beggar" (1960)

Note: This is section five of the poem. See Hermetic Definition (New Directions, 1972), p. 7.

this must be my stance,
my station: though you brushed aside

my verse,
I can't get away from it,
I've tried to;

true, it was "fascinating...
if you can stand its preciousness,"
you wrote of what I wrote;

why must I write?
you would not care for this,
but She draws the veil aside,

unbinds my eyes,
write, write or die.