Still-life



Through the open French window the warm sun
Lights up the polished breakfast-table, laid
Round a bowl of crimson roses, for one -
A service of Worcester porcelain, arrayed
Near it a melon, peaches, figs, small hot
Rolls in a napkin, fairy rack of toast,
Butter in ice, high silver coffee-pot,
And, heaped on a salver, the morning's post.

She comes over the lawn, the young heiress,
From her early walk in her garden-wood,
Feeling that life's a table set to bless
Her delicate desires with all that's good.

That even the unopened future lies
Like a love-letter, full of sweet surprise.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 09, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABCDCD XEXE FF
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 579
Words 104
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 4, 2

Elizabeth Daryush

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