THE BRACELET OF GRASS
by: William Vaughn Moody
- HE opal
heart of afternoon
- Was clouding on to throbs of storm,
- Ashen within the ardent west
- The lips of thunder muttered harm,
- And as a bubble like to break
- Hung heaven's trembling amethyst,
- When with the sedge-grass by the lake
- I braceleted her wrist.
- And when the ribbon grass was tied,
- Sad with the happiness we planned,
- Palm linked in palm we stood awhile
- And watched the raindrops dot the sand;
- Until the anger of the breeze
- Chid all the lake's bright breathing down,
- And ravished all the radiancies
- From her deep eyes of brown.
- We gazed from shelter on the storm,
- And through out hearts swept ghostly pain
- To see the shards of day sweep past,
- Broken, and none might mend again.
- Broken, that none shall ever mend;
- Loosened, that none shall ever tie.
- O the wind and the wind, will it never end?
- O the sweeping past of the ruined sky!
MORE POEMS BY WILLIAM VAUGHN MOODY
"The Bracelet of Grass"
is reprinted from Poems and Plays of William Vaughn Moody.
William Vaughn Moody. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1912.