The Pleiades

Arthur Henry Adams 1872 (Lawrence) – 1936 (Sydney, New South Wales)

LAST night I saw the Pleiades again,
 Faint as a drift of steam
  From some tall chimney-stack;
And I remembered you as you were then:
 Awoke dead worlds of dream,
  And Time turned slowly back.
 
I saw the Pleiades through branches bare,
 And close to mine your face
  Soft glowing in the dark;
For Youth and Hope and Love and You were there
 At our dear trysting-place
  In that bleak London park.
 
And as we kissed the Pleiades looked down
 From their immeasurable
  Aloofness in cold Space.
Do you remember how a last leaf brown
 Between us flickering fell
  Soft on your upturned face?
 
Last night I saw the Pleiades again,
 Here in the alien South,
  Where no leaves fade at all;
And I remembered you as you were then,
 And felt upon my mouth
  Your leaf-light kisses fall!
 
The Pleiades remember and look down
 On me made old with grief,
  Who then a young god stood,
When you—now lost and trampled by the Town,
 A lone wind-driven leaf,—
  Were young and sweet and good!

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Arthur Henry Adams

Arthur Henry Adams was a journalist and author. He started his career in New Zealand, though he spent most of it in Australia, and for a short time lived in China and London.  more…

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