Elinor Wylie was an American poet and novelist popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
“She was famous during her life almost as much for her ethereal beauty and personality as for her melodious, sensuous poetry.”
by Elinor Wylie
Man, the egregious egoist
(In mystery the twig is bent)
Imagines, by some mental twist,
That he alone is sentient
Of the intolerable load
That on all living creatures lies,
Nor stoops to pity in the toad
The speechless sorrow of his eyes.
He asks no questions of the snake,
Nor plumbs the phosphorescent gloom
Where lidless fishes, broad awake,
Swim staring at a nightmare doom