Friday, January 21, 2011

A Winter Picture / Ethelwyn Wetherald

A Winter Picture

An air as sharp as steel, a sky
      Pierced with a million points of fire;
The level fields, hard, white and dry,
      A road as straight and tense as wire.

No hint of human voice or face
      In frost below or fire above,
Save where the smoke’s blue billowing grace
      Flies flag-like from the roofs of love.

Ethelwyn Wetherald
from The Last Robin, 1907

[Poem is in the public domain in Canada, the United States and the European Union]

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