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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
With Waves and Wings
Charlotte Porter
WAVES and Wings and Growing Things!
  As through the gladden sight ye flow
    And flit and glow,
    Ye win me so
    In soul to go,        5
I too am waves, I too am wings,
And kindred motion in me springs.
With thee I pass, glad growing grass!—
  I climb the air with lissome mien;
    Unsheathing keen        10
    The vivid sheen
    Of springing green,
I thrill the crude, exalt the crass
Fine-flex’d and fluent from Earth’s mass.
And impulse craves with thee, Sea Waves!—        15
  To make all mutable the floor
    Of Earth’s firm shore,
    With flashing pour
    Whose brimming o’er
Impassion’d motion loves and laves        20
And livens sombre slumbering caves.
Then soaring where the wild birds fare,
  My song would sweep the windy lyre
    Of Heaven’s choir,
    Pulsing desire        25
    For starry fire,
Abashing chilling vagues of air
With throbbing of warm breasts that dare!


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