McLaren, Floris Clark. “In a Library.” Canadian Poetry Magazine 10.2 (1946): 23.

In a Library

Groping among the stones of this dry land-
scape where the fossil printed bones
re-state enigma, where the delicate shell
rests on the mountain, where the tawny hills
tomb the lost people, and the plaque of clay
outlasts the living artery and cell

explore the legend, while the street outside
fills with the rising voices; while the time
builds its own scaffold, mounting self-impelled
becomes its own destroyer; and the slow
pressure of history hardens in the stones
another age recorded in its bones.