William Ellery Leonard

(1876-1944 / United States)

William Ellery Leonard Poems

1. Compensation 1/4/2003
2. The Image Of Delight 4/21/2010
3. To The Victor 4/21/2010
4. May-Night 8/31/2015
5. Indian Summer 1/4/2003
Best Poem of William Ellery Leonard

Indian Summer

(After completing a book for one now dead)

   (O Earth-and-Autumn of the Setting Sun,
   She is not by, to know my task is done.)
In the brown grasses slanting with the wind,
Lone as a lad whose dog's no longer near,
Lone as a mother whose only child has sinned,
Lone on the loved hill . . . and below me here
The thistle-down in tremulous atmosphere
Along red clusters of the sumach streams;
The shrivelled stalks of golden-rod are sere,
And crisp and white their flashing old racemes.
(. . . forever . . . forever . . . ...

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