The House of the Trees
& Other Poems


by Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

The Wind of Memory



RED curtains shut the storm from sight,
The inner rooms are live with light;
The fireside faces all aglow
See not the pale ghost in the snow,
The pale ghost at the window pressed,

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With the wind moaning in her breast.

She sees the face she hurt with scorn,
The other face where joy, new born,
Dies out at her cheap mockery;
The eyes she filled, how bitterly!

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The head that drooped beneath her jest—
The wind is moaning in her breast.

Invisible, unfelt, unknown,
She lingers trembling. She alone
Notes tenderly her vacant place,

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And sees it in her vanished face;
She only—of this happy nest!
The wind is moaning in her breast.

Star-like the happy windows glow,
Framed in with mile on mile of snow;

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And from their light a thing of death, [Page 76]
Of grief and memory vanisheth,
Her sin not deep but unredressed,
And the wind moaning in her breast. [Page 77]