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First Line: Cold is the wind upon the mountain side
Last Line: Thy face, teháchapi!
Subject(s): Longing; Man-woman Relationships; Tehachapi, California; Male-female Relations

COLD is the wind upon the mountain side,
(For she,—my lady,—she is far from me),
White is the snow and thick the mists that hide
Thy face, Teháchapi!

Stiffly the yuccas stand in mantles white,
(Garments unwonted, carried shiveringly),
While desert cactus, sands, and storm unite,
Blending impartially.

But not forever lingers Winter here
(For there is always summer in the heart),
The South wind whispers, and the hills are clear,
The thick fog falls apart.

The Summer's gentle touch shall never fail,—
(Because,—my lady,—she will come to me),
Blue are the skies beyond the mists that veil
Thy face, Teháchapi!

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