The Singing Place

By Lily A. Long
Cold may lie the day,
         And bare of grace;
At night I slip away
         To the Singing Place.

A border of mist and doubt
         Before the gate,
And the Dancing Stars grow still
         As hushed I wait.
Then faint and far away
         I catch the beat
In broken rhythm and rhyme
         Of joyous feet,—
Lifting waves of sound
         That will rise and swell
(If the prying eyes of thought
         Break not the spell),
Rise and swell and retreat
         And fall and flee,
As over the edge of sleep
         They beckon me.
And I wait as the seaweed waits
         For the lifting tide;

To ask would be to awake,—
         To be denied.
I cloud my eyes in the mist
         That veils the hem,—
And then with a rush I am past,-—
         I am Theirs, and of Them!
And the pulsing chant swells up
         To touch the sky,
And the song is joy, is life,
         And the song am I!
The thunderous music peals
         Around, o'erhead-
The dead would awake to hear
         If there were dead;
But the life of the throbbing Sun
         Is in the song,
And we weave the world anew,
         And the Singing Throng
Fill every corner of space—-

Over the edge of sleep
         I bring but a trace
Of the chants that pulse and sweep
         In the Singing Place.

Source: Poetry (November 1912).

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This poem originally appeared in the November 1912 issue of Poetry magazine

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November 1912

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Miss Long is a young American, some of whose poems have appeared in various magazines.

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Poems by Lily A. Long

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SUBJECT Music, Arts & Sciences

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Metaphor

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