Hot, a griffin's mouth of flame,
The sun rasped with his golden tongue
The city streets, till men and walls shrivelled;
The dusty air stagnated.
At the third noon a wind rippled,
A wide sea silently breaking;
A thick veil of rain-drops
Hid the sun and the hard blue.
A grey garment of rain,
Cold as hoar frost in April,
Richard Aldington (1892-1962)
from Images: Old and new, 1916
[Poem is in the public domain in Canada and the United States]
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