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Heart-deep in Winter

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 04, 2013

Heart-deep in Winter

By Eva Willes Wangsgaard

With you so lately gone it seemed untrue
That winter had relaxed and spring was near.
Half-heartedly the northern ranks withdrew
Relinquishing to spring the infant year;
And spring came blithely, undisturbed by death.
The soil had quickened; I could feel it stir,
Perfumed by hyacinths; the morning’s breath
Was stroking cheek and throat like rabbit fur.
The autumn bulbs erupted wells of gold;
The lilacs leafed, for day was April warm;
But night kept lagging back with icy cold
And threatened lily fringe with frost and storm.
Heart-deep in winter, unprepared, alone,
The night and I and newly lettered stone!

(1949)



3 Comments »

  1. A lovely poem; thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by Robin V — April 4, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

  2. It is nice, isn’t it? Welcome to Keepa,Robin.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 4, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  3. Very nice poem, with contrasting images of haunting and hope.

    Comment by kevinf — April 5, 2013 @ 10:47 am

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