Poetry of Kansas

Shadows.

Gray, cold and gray
    Is the desolate wintry sky.
As the colorless daylight fades away
    And the starless night draws nigh,
I sit in my darkened room
    By the fire,___it is burning low,
While fancy weaves in her pauseless loom,
And swift and silent, amid the gloom.
    Her shuttle glides to and fro.
 
Sad, sombre and sad
    Is the web that she weaves to-night4
And it wraps my soul as the world is clad
    In the desolate evening light.
Strange is this nameless sorrow!
    I weep, and I scarce know why
It is the frown of some dark to-morow
What looms above me and I must borrow
    Grief from by and by?
 
Why, fancy why
    Has done so ill thy task?
Instead of a gloom like the starless sky,
    Oh give me the thing I ask,
It is just as easy to rear
    A sunny castle in Spain
As to conjure up some faith or fear,
Some shadowy grief that brings a tear
    From the ache of a nameless pain.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 123-124

 
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