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Flame and Shadow/Open Windows

 

OPEN WINDOWS

Out of the window a sea of green trees
Lift their soft boughs like the arms of a dancer,
They beckon and call me, "Come out in the sun!"
But I cannot answer.


I am alone with Weakness and Pain,
Sick abed and June is going,
I cannot keep her, she hurries by
With the silver-green of her garments blowing.


Men and women pass in the street
Glad of the shining sapphire weather,
But we know more of it than they,
Pain and I together.


They are the runners in the sun,
Breathless and blinded by the race,
But we are watchers in the shade
Who speak with Wonder face to face.