Still Life


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‘Wandering in leafless shrubbery…

Cold winter winds brought clouds so somber,

rain so penetrating


Forlorn regions of dreary space,

that reservoir of frost and snow

My heart swollen to lameness

by sharp air,

began to heal under the gentler breathings

of Hope


The horizon bounded a great pleasure,

outside the guarded walls of my garden

Noble summits,

rich in verdure and shadow

Blue peaks no longer stiffened in frost

and shrouded in snow


A pale gold gleam remains

in overshadowed spots

like scatterings

of the sweetest lustre


I enjoy this often,

unwatched and

almost alone

This still life’


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