Clark Ashton Smith


Grecian Yesterday


To the loved days we shared alone,
Leda, beyond the moons and miles
The swan of my desire has flown.

Again you stand, as once you stood,
Naked, with sun-ignited hair,
Before the dark Hellenic wood

That hangs beside that halcyon sea:
And all my heart is turned to love,
And love fulfills the veins of me.

No Syrinx flees, no satyr sallies
From the still oaks and brooding bays:
In us their ancient rapture rallies

That sweeps away the world, and brings
Once more the many-flowered prime
After an age of flowerless things.

To the loved days we shared alone,
Leda, beyond the moons and miles
The swan of my desire has flown.

Submitted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Edited: Friday, April 11, 2014

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