Spring 1945 • Vol. VII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1945 |

American Child — II

1 She is a little continent complete With two blue lakes where every object drowns, Two proud peninsulas of legs and feet, A plain of face filled with familiar towns, Her mouth is a small cave from which birds fly Over the cleft cliff of her white chin, Along her back are fields of sun-brown rye, Rivers of heart-rainfall flow through her skin. And in her head are reckoning and rock, Mountains of hope whose ranges have no name, Where days float dowp like feathers without shock, Beaches where she may walk without a mark At night along a foaming shore of shame, Moving from darkness into utter dark. 2 Landscape meant places where she had been lost: Country of crying, very far and dark, The window wilderness gone strange with frost, The street of fear, long, curved, without a mark, The day that she was first left all alone And felt herself fall through the empty house, The field where she first found a tiny bone Without believing it had been a mouse. She made a continent inside

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