by: Brian Hooker (1880-1946)
- HERE should be music in a place
- And patter of delicate feet upon the dew
- Dancing, and shy sweet laughter flashing through
- Song, as a dream is broken by a kiss.
- Under such blossomy shade might Artemis
- Lean down to learn what warm-haired Leto knew,
- Or Dionysus lead his clamorous crew
- Where the cool stream should bathe their burning bliss.
- Ashes of dreams! . . . Turn yonder, and behold
- The Giant of our modern faith; whereby
- Ourselves, grown wiser than the gods of old,
- Poison the western wind with alchemy,
- And write with lightning on the midnight sky
- The golden legend of his lust for gold.
POEMS BY BRIAN HOOKER
"Riverside" is reprinted
from Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1916. Ed. William
Stanley Braithwaite. New York: Laurence J. Gomme, 1916.