Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

LXXXIII


 

IN the quiet garden world,
Gold sunlight and shadow leaves
Flicker on the wall.

And the wind, a moment since,
With rose-petals strewed the path 

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And the open door.

Now the moon-white butterflies
Float across the liquid air,
Glad as in a dream;

And, across thy lover’s heart, 

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Visions of one scarlet mouth
With its maddening smile.