The new child : a collection of poems

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sylvia Eidam (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: Picnic. With bottle and bread, and with fingers which, never had met, Some small graveyard we chose that morning for rest. Unshod pilgrims, we drank up all of time Beneath those garden trees With words half hidden, like sometime green, vague fish In a mossy pond. Then you were Christ, hungry with the taste Of sweet vinegar in your mouth instead of beer; And after warm hours of wine and old rye And a sharing of our hands and lips You danced a drunken dance upon the graves To resurrect the dead. And after they had some in muffled steps, And you, being first to dare, were gone With my wine-colored rose by your ear, I sang the fish to sleep And have watched for a year or more our empty bottle Bobbing on the pond. Yet when you come again to touch my lips with fingers Lighted by an earlier sun Than I have ever seen rise, We shall fill that bottle again from our pond And bend the grasses in winedanclng With those laughing, lovely ghosts.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1965

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