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First Line: High heels in a struggle with a long skirt
Last Line: That our souls forever hold their eager qualms.
Subject(s): Youth


High heels in a struggle with a long skirt,
As the wind roused or as the land lay,
Twinkled a glimpse above, if we were alert—
Intercepted!—and we loved that gulls' play.

Sometimes the sting of an insect bolder
Than we, sought a fair neck to scrutinize,
And there was the sudden lightning of a shoulder
And that feast overwhelmed our young fools' eyes.

Twilight came, an uncertain autumnal glow:
The fair ones, clinging dreamily to our arms,
Spoke words that were so specious and so low
That our souls forever hold their eager qualms.





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