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The Blue Scarf Post by :Scott_Shields Category :Poems Author :Amy Lowell Date :June 2011 Read :962

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The Blue Scarf

Pale, with the blue of high zeniths, shimmered over with silver, brocaded

In smooth, running patterns, a soft stuff, with dark knotted fringes, it lies there,

Warm from a woman's soft shoulders, and my fingers close on it, caressing.

Where is she, the woman who wore it? The scent of her lingers and drugs me!

A languor, fire-shotted, runs through me, and I crush the scarf down on my face,

And gulp in the warmth and the blueness, and my eyes swim in cool-tinted heavens.

Around me are columns of marble, and a diapered, sun-flickered pavement.

Rose-leaves blow and patter against it. Below the stone steps a lute tinkles.

A jar of green jade throws its shadow half over the floor. A big-bellied

Frog hops through the sunlight and plops in the gold-bubbled water of a basin,

Sunk in the black and white marble. The west wind has lifted a scarf

On the seat close beside me, the blue of it is a violent outrage of colour.

She draws it more closely about her, and it ripples beneath her slight stirring.

Her kisses are sharp buds of fire; and I burn back against her, a jewel

Hard and white; a stalked, flaming flower; till I break to a handful of cinders,

And open my eyes to the scarf, shining blue in the afternoon sunshine.


How loud clocks can tick when a room is empty, and one is alone!


(The end)
Amy Lowell's poem: Blue Scarf

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