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Poem by Lola Ridge


Promenade


     Undulant rustlings,
     Of oncoming silk,
     Rhythmic, incessant,
     Like the motion of leaves
     Fragments of color
     In glowing surprises
     Pink inuendoes
     Hooded in gray
     Like buds in a cobweb
     Pearled at dawn
     Glimpses of green
     And blurs of gold
     And delicate mauves
     That snatch at youth
     And bodies all rosily
     Fleshed for the airing,
     In warm velvety surges
     Passing imperious, slow

Women drift into the limousines
That shut like silken caskets
On gems half weary of their glittering
Lamps open like pale moon flowers
Arcs are radiant opals
Strewn along the dusk
No common lights invade.
And spires rise like litanies -
Magnificats of stone
Over the white silence of the arcs,
Burning in perpetual adoration.



Lola Ridge


Lola Ridge's other poems:
  1. Scandal
  2. Dispossed
  3. North Wind
  4. Broadway
  5. Manhattan


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