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Poem by Katherine Mansfield


In the Rangitaki Valley


  O valley of waving broom,
  O lovely, lovely light,
  O heart of the world, red-gold!
  Breast high in the blossom I stand;
  It beats about me like waves
  Of a magical, golden sea.

  The barren heart of the world
  Alive at the kiss of the sun,
  The yellow mantle of Summer
  Flung over a laughing land,
  Warm with the warmth of her body,
  Sweet with the kiss of her breath.

  O valley of waving broom,
  O lovely, lovely light,
  O mystical marriage of Earth
  With the passionate Summer sun!
  To her lover she holds a cup
  And the yellow wine oerflows.
  He has lighted a little torch
  And the whole of the world is ablaze.
  Prodigal wealth of love!
  Breast high in the blossom I stand.

1909

Katherine Mansfield


Katherine Mansfield's other poems:
  1. Deaf House Agent
  2. Across the Red Sky
  3. A Little Girls Prayer
  4. Grown-Up Talk
  5. Now I Am a Plant, a Weed


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