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TO MY LOTUS LADY, by            
First Line: Background of dark deep brown
Last Line: Back to its sad dwelling. ...
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters; Portraits


Andante

Background of dark deep brown,
Velvet-rich,
Velvet-soft,
And against it
My lotus-lady, slim and white. ...
So Whistler might have painted
Her dainty grace. ... all
But the vivid flash
Of her eyes
(Blue-gray,—so beautiful!)
And the quick gladness of her smile ... subtle
Life-shimmers too fine
For brush and color.

Pieta

There was a battle.

I fought well,—
Or ill ... que sais-je? ...
(The Lord will tell me
On the Last Day.)
But I was beaten to my knees
And to the ground ...
They trampled over me
While I lay bleeding. ...

Mother Sky and her Star-children
Looked coldly down on my agony
And neither shuddered
Nor smiled.

Then,
White through the dusk
A woman's child-face
Bent over me ...

How she looked at me
With her Madonna-mild eyes,—
Unpitying,
Unsmiling,
Yet gentle-sweet,
Like our Heaven-Lady's love. ...

Soft white hands
She laid on my forehead ...
And bound up my wounds,
And with her kiss
Called my soul
Back to its sad dwelling. ...





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