Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A MONA LISA, by ANGELINA WELD GRIMKE

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A MONA LISA, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I should like to creep
Last Line: In their depths?
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


I should like to creep
Through the long brown grasses
That are your lashes;
I should like to poise
On the very brink
Of the leaf-brown pools
That are your shadowed eyes;
I should like to cleave
Without sound,
Their glimmering waters,
Their unrippled waters,
I should like to sink down
And down
And down ....
And deeply drown.


Would I be more than a bubble-breaking?
Or an ever-widening circle
Ceasing at the marge?
Would my white bones
Be the only white bones
Wavering back and forth, back and forth
In their depths?

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