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Alfred Kreymborg, ed.  Others for 1919.  1920.
 
Annabel
By Jeanne d’Orge
 
ANNABEL it is who always answers me—
who keeps my house, who bears me docile children.
When Annabel forgets that her smiles are mine
a bolt slips—
In a wild-flower garden a humming-bird woman        5
darts and flits.
To move would mean the flash of wings
and silence—
When she forgets that sorrow must be shared with me
mist clears—        10
A grave young man kneels at an altar…
Her eyes burn past me ever longing, ever seeking…
When she forgets herself and me in sleep
she lies with baby-lids half open.
I see a shining stretch of sea … fierce blue…        15
a slim brown shape … dancing feet of rapture.
This is that one whose voice I heard once in a dream.
This is that one whom to possess I married Annabel.
This is that one whom to escape Annabel married me.
 
 
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