by: Zona Gale (1874-1938)
times that day came the sense of levitation.
- As if court-house walk, walnut shadow, a length of sunny
lawn let her go by with no tribute of her touch.
- It seemed as if the wonderful would happen.
- She waited, prepared for the vision.
- The day flowered, ripened, mellowed, fell upon night.
- No presence opened or signaled.
- Then she went to embosom that which the hours had left her.
- She faced her day, and her day gathered itself as a living
thing with a voice and deep eyes.
- It said, I was wonderful.
- Yet the only thing to happen that day had been this:
- Old Edgerton Bascom came to the porch, selling buttons.
- She bought from him, picked her dahlias for his wife.
- He went away, comforted, restored to self-respect by her
- Perhaps when levitation comes it will be a matter of this
- Rather than of calculation and reckoning.
POEMS BY ZONA GALE
"Levitation" is reprinted
from The Secret Way. Zona Gale. New York: Macmillan Co.,