Spring 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 2 Poetry |

New Year’s Poem

The Christmas twigs crispen and needles rattle Along the windowledge.             A solitary pearl Shed from the necklace spilled at last week's party Lies in the suety, snow-luminous plainness Of morning, on the windowledge beside them. And all the furniture that circled stately And hospitable when these rooms were brimmed With perfumes, furs, and black-and-silver Crisscross of seasonal conversation, lapses Into its previous largeness.             I remember Anne's rose-sweet gravity, and the stiff grave Where cold so little can contain; I mark the queer delightful skull and crossbones Starlings and sparrows left, taking the crust, And the long loop of winter wind Smoothing its arc from dark Arcturus down To the bricked corner of the drifted courtyard, And the still windowledge.            Gentle and just pleasure It is, being human, to have won from space This unchill, habitable interior Which mirrors quietly

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