Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WINDOW TRIMMER, by MARGARET LEE ASHLEY



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WINDOW TRIMMER, by            
First Line: He took some little, dark-red shoes
Last Line: I wonder what became of him?
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Dreams; Windows; Nightmares


He took some little, dark-red shoes
And set them near a dish of grapes; --
He loved the narrow, tilting heels
And buckles set with wicked stones, --
So might a dryad tilt and laugh
And peep at him through friendly leaves.

He found a dish of liquid green
And gold fish; then he spread them out --
Sandals as green as water weeds
And other shoes of dappled skin
As slender as a water snake, --
And called old Neptune: "Come and see!"

He fashioned ripened sheaves of wheat
Into a stock of golden grain; --
Now yellow shoes and tawny brown --
Stout shoes that Ceres might have worn
If shoes had been in fashion then,
And slim ones for Persephone --
To take a glimmer of the sun
Into her dismal hiding place.

He had no pigments but his wares:
He had no canvas for his dreams.
There was an artist on Broadway --
I wonder what became of him?





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