One Poem. One Planet. — Katherine Ellis Barrett

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LULL

All day
The antic wind
Has plucked the dark blue lake
To leaping spuming waves, and snatched
Thin rainbowescent spray
And flung it, roaring,
Wide.

But now
The broad-based peak’s
A double pyramid
Inlaid in lapis lazuli
Above in twilight sky–
In blue-black lake
Below.

And hark!
Into the hush,
The lull-bound tensioned hush,
There bites, as into copper plate,
A cascade’s slender plunge
It’s wavering braid
of sound.

–Katherine Ellis Barrett, 1932 (Patagonia)

 

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