Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VARIATIONS: 1, by CONRAD AIKEN



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First Line: The moon distills a soft blue light
Last Line: Always in darkness walks with me?
Subject(s): Ghosts


The moon distils a silence.
Black clouds huddle across the stars;
I walk in deserted gardens
Breaking the dry leaves under my feet.
Leaves have littered the marble seat
Where the lovers sat in silence . . .
Leaves have littered the empty seat . . .

Down there the black pool, quiveringly,
Ripples the floating moon . . .
Down there the tall trees, restlessly,
Shake beneath the moon . . .
Beloved, I walk alone . . .
What ghost is this that walks with me,
Always in darkness walks with me?





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