Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CAUTION, by GERTRUDE CALLAGHAN

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CAUTION, by            
First Line: Lurking in a velvet shadow
Last Line: What lies sleeping might awake!
Subject(s): Prudence; Caution

Lurking in a velvet shadow,
She is still and cool and deep --
Tread here softly lest you waken
What she cradled into sleep.

Only stand upon her threshold;
Though her word be quiet-kind
Never step within a certain
Curious doorway of her mind.

Come with gentle understanding,
Guarding silence for her sake --
At a tremor or a heart-beat
What lies sleeping might awake!

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