Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LADDER, by LEONORA SPEYER



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THE LADDER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I had a sudden vision in the night
Last Line: I kissed the foot that bruised me as it passed.
Subject(s): Desire; Ladders


I had a sudden vision in the night—
I did not sleep, I dare not say I dreamed—
Beside my bed a pallid ladder gleamed
And lifted upward to the sky's dim height:
And every rung shone strangely in that light,
And every rung a woman's body seemed,
Outstretched, and down the sides her long hair streamed,
And you—you climbed that ladder of delight!

You climbed, sure-footed, naked rung by rung,
Clasped them and trod them, called them by their name,
And my name too I heard you speak at last;
You stood upon my breast the while and flung
A hand up to the next! And then—oh shame—
I kissed the foot that bruised me as it passed.





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