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Poem by Lola Ridge


Spring


A spring wind on the Bowery,
Blowing the fluff of night shelters
Off bedraggled garments,
And agitating the gutters, that eject little spirals of vapor
Like lewd growths.

Bare-legged children stamp in the puddles, splashing each other,
One--with a choir-boy's face
Twits me as I pass...
The word, like a muddied drop,
Seems to roll over and not out of
The bowed lips,
Yet dewy red
And sweetly immature.

People sniff the air with an upward look--
Even the mite of a girl
Who never plays...
Her mother smiles at her
With eyes like vacant lots
Rimming vistas of mean streets
And endless washing days...
Yet with sun on the lines
And a drying breeze.

The old candy woman
Shivers in the young wind.
Her eyes--littered with memories
Like ancient garrets,
Or dusty unaired rooms where someone died--
Ask nothing of the spring.

But a pale pink dream
Trembles about this young girl's body,
Draping it like a glowing aura.

She gloats in a mirror
Over her gaudy hat,
With its flower God never thought of...

And the dream, unrestrained,
Floats about the loins of a soldier,
Where it quivers a moment,
Warming to a crimson
Like the scarf of a toreador...

But the delicate gossamer breaks at his contact
And recoils to her in strands of shattered rose.



Lola Ridge


Lola Ridge's other poems:
  1. Dispossed
  2. Broadway
  3. Debris
  4. Manhattan
  5. Brooklyn Bridge


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Spring ("Birds' love and birds' song")
  • Samuel Johnson Spring ("Stern Winter now, by Spring repress'd")
  • Christina Rossetti Spring ("Frost-locked all the winter")
  • Gerard Hopkins Spring ("Nothing is so beautiful as spring")
  • William Morris Spring ("Spring am I, too soft of heart")
  • Isaac Rosenberg Spring ("I walk and wonder")
  • Andrew Lang Spring ("Now the bright crocus flames, and now")
  • Robert Anderson Spring ("The snow's dissolv'd, the chilly winter's fled")
  • Francis Ledwidge Spring ("Once more the lark with song and speed")
  • Thomas Nashe Spring ("Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king")
  • Janet Hamilton Spring ("Fairy Spring, in kirtle green")
  • Alfred Douglas Spring ("Wake up again, sad heart, wake up again!")
  • William Campbell Spring ("There dwells a spirit in the budding year")
  • Edna Millay Spring ("To what purpose, April, do you return again?")
  • James Percival Spring ("AGAIN the infant flowers of Spring")
  • Henry Timrod Spring ("Spring, with that nameless pathos in the air")
  • John Lapraik Spring ("THOU goddess of the blooming Spring")

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