I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤
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I have only so much room on our Gems, and this poem has 109 lines. Here is the full stanza from which I pulled the lines I chose.
Lilacs,False blue,White,Purple,Color of lilac,You have forgotten your Eastern origin,The veiled women with eyes like panthers,The swollen, aggressive turbans of jeweled pashas.Now you are a very decent flower,A reticent flower,A curiously clear-cut, candid flower,Standing beside clean doorways,Friendly to a house-cat and a pair of spectacles,Making poetry out of a bit of moonlightAnd a hundred or two sharp blossoms.
-Amy Lowel, What’s O’Clock (Houghton Mifflin Company. 1925)
I’m not sure I can post the entire poem without permission. You’ll find it here: Poetry Foundation
Amy died in 1925. In 1926 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “What’s O’Clock” which includes Lilacs.