Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Winter's Tale / D.H. Lawrence

A Winter's Tale

Yesterday the fields were only gray with scattered snow,
And now the longest grass-leaves hardly emerge;
Yet her deep footsteps mark the snow, and go
On towards the pines at the hill's white verge.

I cannot see her, since the mist's pale scarf
Obscures the dark wood and the dull orange sky;
But she's waiting, I know, impatient and cold, half
Sobs struggling in to her frosty sigh.

When does she come so promptly, when she must know
She's only the nearer to the inevitable farewell?
The hill is steep, on the slope my steps are slow 
Why does she come, when she knows what I have to tell?

D.H. Lawrence
from Amores, 1916

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