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Monday, August 30, 2010

Poetic Images

This lovely poem has such wonderful images that echo Songs of Solomon:

by Richard Aldington


Like a gondola of green scented fruits  
Drifting along the dank canals of Venice,  
You, O exquisite one,  
Have entered into my desolate city.  

The blue smoke leaps          
Like swirling clouds of birds vanishing.  
So my love leaps forth toward you,  
Vanishes and is renewed.  

A rose-yellow moon in a pale sky  
When the sunset is faint vermilion   
In the mist among the tree-boughs  
Art thou to me, my beloved.  

A young beech tree on the edge of the forest  
Stands still in the evening,  
Yet shudders through all its leaves in the light air   
And seems to fear the stars—  
So are you still and so tremble.  

The red deer are high on the mountain,  
They are beyond the last pine trees.  
And my desires have run with them.   

The flower which the wind has shaken  
Is soon filled again with rain;  
So does my heart fill slowly with tears,  
O Foam-Driver, Wind-of-the-Vineyards,  
Until you return.

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