Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, REFLECTION, by ELIZABETH JANE COATSWORTH

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First Line: Geraniums
Last Line: With such unsubtle gaiety at their belts.
Alternate Author Name(s): Beston, Henry, Mrs.
Subject(s): Animals; Flowers; Geraniums

Geraniums . . .
Who ever heard that Sappho put
Geraniums in her hair?

Or thought that Cleopatra brushed
Her long Greek face against their petals?

Did Beatrice carry them?
Or any bird sigh out his wild-fire heart
In passion for them?

Yet sparrows, far outnumbering nightingales,
Have gossiped under their tomato cans,
And lonely spinsters loved them more than cats,

And living girls have felt quite festive, going
Down vulgar streets
With such unsubtle gaiety at their belts.

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