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Amy Lowell - Behind a Wall

I own a solace shut within my heart,
A garden full of many a quaint delight
And warm with drowsy, poppied sunshine; bright,
Flaming with lilies out of whose cups dart
Shining things
With powdered wings.
Here terrace sinks to terrace, arbors close
The ends of dreaming paths; a wanton wind
Jostles the half-ripe pears, and then, unkind,
Tumbles a-slumber in a pillar rose,
With content
Grown indolent.
By night my garden is o'erhung with gems
Fixed in an onyx setting.  Fireflies
Flicker their lanterns in my dazzled eyes.
In serried rows I guess the straight, stiff stems
Of hollyhocks
Against the rocks.
So far and still it is that, listening,
I hear the flowers talking in the dawn;
And where a sunken basin cuts the lawn,
Cinctured with iris, pale and glistening,
The sudden swish
Of a waking fish.

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Poet: Amy Lowell
Poem: 10. Behind a Wall
Volume: A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
- Lyrical Poems

Comment 3 of 3, added on March 25th, 2017 at 10:31 PM.
That saves me. Thank

That saves me. Thanks for being so senbsile!

Gracelin from Congo, Democratic Republic of
Comment 2 of 3, added on November 14th, 2007 at 12:57 PM.

I love the poem you wrote it helps me all the time thank you so much Keena Welch from IOWA

Keena from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on December 13th, 2005 at 7:12 PM.

I has behind a wall, for a long time. I read this poem then I was able to jump over the Wall!

Joe Smoe from Bahamas

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