Leonora Speyer

(1872-1956 / United States)

Suddenly - Poem by Leonora Speyer

Suddenly flickered a flame,
Suddenly fluttered a wing:
What, can a dead bird sing?
Somebody spoke your name.

Suddenly fluttered a wing,
Sounded a voice, the same,
Somebody spoke your name:
Oh, the remembering!

Sounded a voice, the same,
Song of the heart's green spring,
Oh, the remembering:
Which of us was to blame?

Song of the heart's green spring,
Wings that still flutter, lame,
Which of us was to blame? —
God, the slow withering!


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010



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