Blow cold against the flame
Throw sand upon the spark;
You cannot keep the Light
From shining in the dark.

Hunt out the heedless head,
And swing the acid knife;
You cannot abrogate
The ever-will full Life.

Immure the hallowed Word,
Bring faggot, rack, and rope;
You cannot blur the Faith
You cannot blunt the Hope.

No matter how untamed
Your ill intent may run,
You cannot stop the Pulse
That beats behind the Sun.

–Edith Lovejoy Pierce