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Refuge

(for clm)

 
I warble of
no
Grecian urns

nor lisp
of
nightingales

but breathe
soft odes
to
imagined love

when its
facsimile
fails
 
*
 
A
ghostly
wand’rer

spread thin
over
hills and dales

laid low
by
every calumny

who over
nothing
prevails
 
*
 
In ether
floats
la dame tristesse

smiling
wanly
down

as vineyards
spread
before me fond

O far
far
from town

 
*
 

Boudoir
of the
blessed grape

lone sanctum
of
the lorn

‘tis where
love oft
repairs

but not
where
she is born

 
*
 
Each day
ravished
refugees

seek
this
haven fey

succors the
stricken
sinking heart

midst oblations
of
dun dismay
 
*
 
She’s the
highest
mortal pass

the spirit
can
assay

splintering
like
shattered glass

when her
changelings
betray
 
*
 
In yond ether
smiles
tristesse

as I
lurch to
lie me down

to dream of
trysts
forever past

O so far far
from town

 
[©R.Kanth 2023]

 

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (A Novel), A Day in the Life (Novel), Expiations (Verse), and Farewell to Modernism (Political Economy Tract).
 

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