The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott


 

THESE ARE IN THE BEGINNING


 

A BRANCH-TANGLE of elms
That spreads a woven net
In the sea-water sky
Of twilight in Spring,
Before on the limbs are laid
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The burdens of shade.

A throb in the secret heart,
A warning of vision,—
A gleam,—not a thought,
Before the image is caught,

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Sullied or blurred
By the touch of a word.