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To Jake

You are turned wraith. Your supple, flitting hands, As formless as the night wind’s moan, Beckon across the years, and your heart’s pain Fades surely as a stainèd stone. And yet you will not let me rest, crying And calling down the night to me A...

by Eunice Tietjens

added by halel
1 day ago
To Amy Lowell

who visits me in a hospital Like a fleet with bellying sails, Like the great bulk of a sea-cliff with the staccato bark of waves about it, Like the tart tang of the sea breeze Are you; Filling the little room where I lie straitly on a whi...

by Eunice Tietjens

added by halel
1 day ago
Dawn

Above the east horizon, The great red flower of the dawn Opens slowly, petal by petal; The trees emerge from darkness With ghostly silver leaves, Dew powdered. Now consciousness emerges Reluctantly out of tides of sleep; Finding with cold surprise...

by John Gould Fletcher

added by halel
1 day ago
The Skaters

Black swallows swooping or gliding In a flurry of entangled loops and curves; The skaters skim over the frozen river. And the grinding click of their skates as they impinge upon the surface, Is like the brushing together of thin wing-tips of silver.

by John Gould Fletcher

added by halel
1 day ago
The Swan

Under a wall of bronze, Where beeches dip and trail Their branches in the water; With red-tipped head and wings— A beaked ship under sail— There glides a single swan. Under the autumn trees He goes. The branches quiver, Dance in the wraith-like w...

by John Gould Fletcher

added by halel
1 day ago
In the City of Night

(To the Memory of Edgar Allan Poe) City of night, Wrap me in your folds of shadow. City of twilight, City that projects into the west, City whose columns rest upon the sunset, city of square, threatening masses blocking out the light: Cit...

by John Gould Fletcher

added by halel
1 day ago
Aspiration

We climb the slopes of life with throbbing heart, And eager pulse, like children toward a star. Sweet siren music cometh from afar, To lure us on meanwhile. Responsive start The nightingales to richer song than Art Can ever teach. No passing shado...

by Henrietta Cordelia Ray

added by halel
1 day ago
Niobe

O mother-heart! when fast the arrows flew, Like blinding lightning, smiting as they fell, One after one, one after one, what knell Could fitly voice thy anguish! Sorrow grew To throes intensest, when thy sad soul knew Thy youngest, too, ...

by Henrietta Cordelia Ray

added by halel
1 day ago
Limitations

The subtlest strain a great musician weaves, Cannot attain in rhythmic harmony To music in his soul. May it not be Celestial lyres send hints to him? He grieves That half the sweetness of the song, he leaves Unheard in the transition. Thus do we Y...

by Henrietta Cordelia Ray

added by halel
1 day ago
Life

Life! Ay, what is it? E’en a moment spun From cycles of eternity. And yet, What wrestling ’mid the fever and the fret Of tangled purposes and hopes undone! What affluence of love! What vict’ries won In agonies of silence, ere trust met...

by Henrietta Cordelia Ray

added by halel
1 day ago
Bound

If I had loved you, soon, ah, soon I had lost you. Had I been kind you had kissed me and gone your faithless way. The kiss that I would not give is the kiss that your lips are holding: Now you are mine forever, because of all I have cost you. You...

by Aline Murray Kilmer

added by naama
1 day ago
Shards

I can never remake the thing I have destroyed; I brushed the golden dust from the moth’s bright wing, I called down wind to shatter the cherry-blossoms, I did a terrible thing. I feared that the cup might fall, so I flung it from me; I f...

by Aline Murray Kilmer

added by naama
1 day ago
In Envy of Cows

The cow swings her head in a deep drowsy half-circle to and over Flank and shoulder, lunging At flies; then fragrantly plunging Down at the web-washed grass and the golden clover, Wrenching sideways to get the full tingle; with one warm nudge, One...

by Joseph Auslander

added by halel
1 day ago

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