Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth

(1893_1986 / Buffalo, New York)

Mount Auburn

In the whole graveyard there is not a nymph
To rustle through the yellow fall of leaves,
Upon a tomb a pitying angel grieves,

And pigeons wrapped in Tyrian purple shawls
Forget the shrine of Cyprus in the sea
To sit upon the headstones gloomily.

Only the yellow trees are casual

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