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WATER TOWER AT WALDO, by            
First Line: A huge upthrust of turreted, white stone
Last Line: And, half concealed, one violet blooms, alone.
Subject(s): Water; Water Supply; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


A huge upthrust of turreted, white stone
Commands the level country mile on mile,
Immuring in its thick, cylindric walls
Waters, mayhap, from Ganges or the Nile.

A silent campanile in whose heart
Lie the dead murmurings of brooks aroam,
The halted flow of rivers, surge of seas,
Tamed are the mad, white horses of the foam.

Dimmed is the gleam from lakes of beaten pearl,
Faded the magic of the Mediterranean blue,
The polished ebony of Arctic seas
All now are faded to a neutral hue.

Mists that have risen for a million years
Congealed, imprisoned in a tower of stone
At whose broad base a greening April smiles
And, half concealed, one violet blooms, alone.





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