Maxwell Bodenheim

1892 - 1954 / Mississippi / United States


The lilies sag with rain-drops:
Their petals hold fire that does not break out.
(As though it slept between vapor-silk
It could not burn).
And a young breeze stumbles upon the lilies
And strokes them with his spinning hands. . . .
The lilies and the young breeze are not unlike
Your silence and the rush of soft words breaking it.
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