Haunted

We come with the wind, we gather within your garden
Swift as the drift of autumn leaves on a lawn :
We whisper at every window, we wail in the wind
High as the cry of a bat in the gathering twilight
Small as the call of a bird half heard at dawn.

Drive us away in the dusk before it darkens,
Soon as the moon is high in heaven we are here :
We mourn aloud in the moonlight ; we sigh in the shade,
Faint as the plaint of a night wind in the sallows
Wild as a child unknown alone with fear.

Ghosts of a dream, the good deeds you neglected,
How can we now redeem our wrongful distress ?
You must salve our sorrow when mercy stirs in your mind,
Free as the sea you must wander, pity and pardon,
Give while you live till death your breath suppress.

Received — 20.3.51

Rendezvous

[Rendezvous] [Marion’s brackets ]

Confirmed in hope , confirmed in ecstasy ,
What do your senses cling to, now she comes ?
The duster shaken from a gabled window ,
The click of high heeled shoes upon the cobbles ,
The acrobatic sparrow pecking crumbs .

What proof of hope, what proof of ecstasy
Will your mind clutch at when the parting comes ?
The duster shaken from a gabled window,
The click of high heeled shoes upon the cobbles ,
The acrobatic sparrow pecking crumbs .

How much of hope, how much of ecstasy
Will your soul grope for when her memory comes ?
The duster shaken from a gabled window,
The click of high heeled shoes upon the cobbles ,
The acrobatic sparrow pecking crumbs .

13 March 1951