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Poem by Katherine Mansfield


Jangling Memory


Heavens above! heres an old tie of your--
Sea-green dragons stamped on a golden ground.
Ha! Ha! Ha! What children we were in those days.

Do you love me enough to wear it now?
Have you the courage of your pristine glories?
Ha! Ha! Ha! You laugh and shrug your shoulders.

Those were the days when a new tie spelt a fortune:
We wore it in turn--I flaunted it as a waist-belt.
Ha! Ha! Ha! What easily satisfied babies.

I think Ill turn into a piano duster.
Give it to me, Ill polish my slippers on it!
Ha! Ha! Ha! The rags not worth the dustbin.

Throw the shabby old thing right out of the window;
Fling it into the faces of other children!
Ha! Ha! Ha! We laughed and laughed till the tears
came!



Katherine Mansfield


Katherine Mansfield's other poems:
  1. Sanary
  2. Song of Karen, the Dancing Child
  3. A New Hymn
  4. The Lonesome Child
  5. Waves


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