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Poem by Amy Lowell


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 womanТs 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!



Amy Lowell


Amy Lowell's other poems:
  1. The Bungler
  2. The Fool Errant
  3. The Boston Athenaeum
  4. The Painter on Silk
  5. The Fruit Shop


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