Spring 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 2 Poetry |

The After-Dream

E quando ella fosse alquanto propinqua al salutare, uno spirito d'Amore, distruggendo tutti gli altri spiriti sensitivi, pingea fuori i deboletti spiriti del viso, e dicca loro: "Andate ad onorare la donna vostra"; ed egli si rimanea nel loco loro.                   -Dante, Vita Nuova    Five thousand miles from her He dreamed of a girl he hardly knew. Flame-flushed, she bided his approach beforeThe blazing fireplace of his present room,  Tendering welcome in her less  Than half-remembered arms and face As though by proxy from some former love  Sealed off at one dead self's remove.  He woke, pleasantly thralled  By a desire that pressed its weight Against each hostile shadow in the coldPre-dawn-dim room. Through gauze drapes, street-lamp light Weighed back from the remains of last  Night's unsuccessful fire--thick, moist Logs that had spurned the flame's advance and driven  Him early to his bed's close haven.  

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