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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
After Storm
By Lola Ridge
 
WAS there a wind?
Tap …. tap …
Night pads upon the snow
With moccasined feet,
And it is still …. so still …        5
An eagle’s feather
Might fall like a stone.
 
Could there have been a storm,
Mad-tossing golden mane
        on the neck of the wind—        10
Tearing up the sky,
        loose-flapping like a tent
        about the ice-capped stars?
 
Cool, sheer and motionless,
The frosted pines        15
Are jewelled with a million flaming points,
That fling their beauty up in long white sheaves
Till they catch hands with stars.
Could there have been a wind
That haled them by the hair,        20
And blinding
Blue-forked
Flowers of the lightning
In their leaves?
 
Tap …. tap …        25
Slow-ticking centuries …
Soft as bare feet upon the snow …
Faint …. lulling as heard rain
        upon heaped leaves …
So silence builds her wall        30
        about a dream impaled.
 
 
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