The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

INTERMEZZO


 

VIRGINAL out of the earth
Rises the Cherry-Tree,
A slender wand
With a swerve in the stem;
Like a Dancer
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Touching earth,—floating on air,—
With delicate hands forming a wreath
Over her head.
This virginal Cherry-Tree-Dancer
That keeps her poise,
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The turn of her slender stem,
Her fragile branches hidden,
Holds her wreath aloft,
An aureole of blossom
Woven of rose and snow.
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Around her root the crocuses,
Firm as if cut from gems,
Guard an inviolate floor
For the delicate Cherry-Tree-Dancer.
Silent are these and perfect in repose:
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Yet are they circled and bound
By memories of lovely sound.