Smoke from This Altar by Louis L'Amour

By Louis L'Amour

Smoke From This Altar, a ebook that has develop into mythical between Louis L'Amour readers, is the first actual ebook L'Amour ever released. It seemed, to nice serious compliment, on the market in basic terms in Oklahoma bookstores greater than fifty years in the past. considering the fact that then it has turn into the main sought-after L'Amour name of all, with the few circulating copies from the main points run commanding best buck from infrequent ebook creditors. Now, ultimately, it really is being released nationally during this appealing memento Bantam edition.

It was once in Smoke From This Altar that L'Amour first gave public voice to his now-celebrated spirit of wanderlust. just like the brief tales in his vintage, million-copy-selling Yondering, and his best-selling memoir Education of a Wandering Man, the poems during this ebook are encouraged through his studies and stories of his trips throughout oceans and continents. it really is classic L'Amour storytelling--in verse--about nature, the land, and the folk who enjoyed and braved it.

Smoke From This Altar starts with a newly written advent via his spouse Kathy within which she discusses the certain position this paintings has held within the L'Amours' lives. In concludes with twenty formerly uncollected L'Amour poems chosen via his family.

Impassioned, adventurous, heroic, and funny, Smoke From This Altar is exclusive L'Amour writing, to be learn and loved time and again.

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The shades of night have set their sombre sail And fled before the crimson scythe of dawn; The stars go out, like candles in a gale And leave a scene some artist might have drawn, Of ships aflame and spires in golden mail That hesitates a moment and is gone. WORDS FROM A WANDERER I do not know your wooded slopes and streams But as the passing stranger knows the way The nets of dusk have trapped the ending day, When webs of shadow snare the filtered gleams; I only know how dim the pathway seems And how the dust from many roads of gray, Has sunk into my heart and made me pay With tears and loneliness for these few dreams.

McVEY It did not matter who or what he was Before he came to these sun-spattered hills, Or why he chose that wind-tormented ridge The scene of his grim struggle with the soil; He seemed to love it there, the sky so near It almost touched the gnarled and twisted trees. And often when the rain in frenzy beat Against the staring windows and the roof, Flooding the planted fields to leave them bare, And mark another year of fruitless toil, We’d see him out beneath the lowering sky Undaunted by the storm, while lightning leaped From pinnacle to pinnacle of cloud.

TWILIGHT These are the restful hours After the day has gone, Before the buds of flowers Have changed to the blooms of dawn; After the sun in setting Has brought the twilight calm When man can rest, forgetting, Tranquil as a psalm. FOREST PEOPLE I read their story in the sand, Another in the snow, They write it with their tiny feet As they come and go; Here one stopped to eat awhile, There one paused in fear— This was a sparrow’s landing field With marks of his running gear; Their joys and woes and tragedies Are written clear and bold.

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