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SPRING DAY: BATH, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: The day is fresh-washed and fair, and there is a smell of tulips and narcissus in the air.
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Spring; Showers & Showering


The day is fresh-washed and fair, and there is a smell of tulips and narcissus in the air.
The sunshine pours in at the bath-room window and bores through the water in the bath-tub in
lathes and planes of greenish-white. It cleaves the water into flaws like a jewel, and cracks
it to bright light.
Little spots of sunshine lie on the surface of the water and dance, dance, and their reflections
wobble deliciously over the ceiling; a stir of my finger sets them whirring, reeling. I move a
foot and the planes of light in the water jar. I lie back and laugh, and let the green-white water,
the sun-flawed beryl water, flow over me. The day is almost too bright to bear, the green water
covers me from the too bright day. I will lie here awhile and play with the water and the sun spots.
The sky is blue and high. A crow flaps by the window, and there is a whiff of tulips and narcissus
in the air.





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